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Patent Examiner - Mechanical Division

Reference number: DUS22J-036301-000153
Selection process number: 22-DUS-NCR-EA-432366
Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) - Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) - Patent Branch
Gatineau (Québec)
$77,200 to $94,918

For further information on the organization, please visit Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED)


Closing date: 4 November 2022 - 23:59, Pacific Time

Who can apply: Persons residing in Canada, and Canadian citizens and Permanent residents abroad.

Important messages

We are committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, starting with the hiring process. If you need to be accommodated during any phase of the evaluation process, please use the Contact information below to request specialized accommodation. All information received in relation to accommodation will be kept confidential.

Assessment accommodation

When you apply to this selection process, you are not applying for a specific job, but to a pool for future vacancies. As positions become available, applicants who meet the qualifications may be contacted for further assessment.

Join us and become a crucial part of Canada’s patent system. Our training program will help you master the world of patents.

If you are an autonomous worker with a capacity for understanding how inventions work, strong technical writing skills, and a willingness to learn about intellectual property regulations, this opportunity is for you!

This is a pool to fill upcoming permanent Patent Examiner positions in the Mechanical Division.

Visit the Patent Examiner Recruitment link above to learn more.

For more information about the basics of assessment accommodation, please visit the following link:

Candidates with foreign credentials must provide proof of Canadian equivalency. Consult the Canadian Information Centre for International Credentials for further information at http://www.cicic.ca/

Work environment

Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) is proud to be named one of Canada's Top 100 Employers 2022, National Capital Region’s Top Employer 2022, and Canada’s Best Diversity Employers 2022. These awards recognize Canadian employers with exceptional human resources programs, forward-thinking workplace policies, and exceptional workplace diversity and inclusiveness programs.

ISED’s goal is to transition to a hybrid work environment where we can enjoy flexibility, bring people together to create a healthy and inclusive workplace, and fulfill our operational requirements.

The Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) is a special operating agency of ISED. CIPO is roughly 1000 employees strong and is located in Gatineau, Quebec, within sight of the Parliament buildings.

We are an organization that is focused on our people. To this effect, CIPO supports our staff through competitive salaries and benefits, ongoing training, and a culture of respect and continuous improvement.

While a certain proportion of patent applications the Office receives is in French, the language used for the majority of the patent applications, our examination reports, and most of our literature searches, is English, so the ability to understand and communicate in English is essential. Regardless, CIPO is a bilingual organization which fosters the use of both French and English, and as such you can expect to work in a bilingual work environment which includes among other things, bilingual documentation and internal work tools, as well as on-the-job training and interacting with your manager in the official language of your choice. For those who are officially bilingual (as established by language testing), you may have the opportunity to examine a proportion of your workload in French. For those who are not yet officially bilingual, you may choose to access our Official Languages Development Program upon completion of your initial training.

As a Patent Examiner you will read and analyze inventions described in patent applications. Check out the Canadian Patent Database to have a glimpse of what a patent application looks like (see link above). You will search technical databases to ascertain how the invention improves upon the state of the art. You will communicate with the applicant, outlining your analysis and whatever defects need to be corrected before approving the patent.

The SG-PAT-03 level is a training level in preparation for advancement to the SG-PAT-04 working level for Patent Examiners within a 2-year period (SG-PAT-04 salary from $89,616 to $109,763). You will learn both the technical and legal aspects of patent examination in a comprehensive training program comprising classroom courses and on-the-job practical training. You will have the opportunity to be guided by a Senior Patent Examiner in order to become proficient in the art of patent examination.

Patent examiners may be required to work on a variety of patent applications from any technology area relevant to the Mechanical Division.

Intent of the process

A pool of qualified candidates will be established and will be used to staff positions on an indeterminate (permanent) basis in May 2023.

Positions to be filled: 4

Information you must provide

Your résumé.

In order to be considered, your application must clearly explain how you meet the following (essential qualifications)

- Bachelor's degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in mechanical engineering or some other acceptable degree with a strong foundation in mechanical engineering principles. For example, degrees in civil, aerospace, biomedical and mining engineering may be considered.

Degree equivalency

The following will be applied / assessed at a later date (essential for the job)

English essential

Information on language requirements

- Knowledge of Canadian intellectual property rights.

- Ability to plan and manage own time by governing his/her work elements systematically.
- Ability to analyze and synthesize or explain the technical elements of a composition, use, process/method, device, or system to understand the nature of the elements and how they interact.
- Ability to interpret policies, acts, regulations, procedures, guidelines and/or rules and apply them judiciously.
- Ability to solve problems by dealing effectively with a situation through reasoning, discussion and action.
- Ability to communicate orally in such a way that your point of view is understood.
- Ability to communicate in writing in such a way that your point of view is understood.

- Thoroughness
- Judgement
- Self-sufficiency
- Focus on Results
- Effective Interpersonal Relationships
- Dependability
- Adaptability

The following may be applied / assessed at a later date (may be needed for the job)

At ISED, diversity is our strength. If you are a woman, an Indigenous person (First Nations, Metis, and/or Inuit), a person with a disability or a racialized person, please let us know by completing the Employment Equity (EE) section in your application. Appointments of members of these EE groups ensure our workforce is inclusive and representative of the Canadian public we serve.

Information on employment equity

Conditions of employment

Reliability Status security clearance

Other information

The Public Service of Canada is committed to building a skilled and diverse workforce that reflects the Canadians we serve. We promote employment equity and encourage you to indicate if you belong to one of the designated groups when you apply.

Information on employment equity

PLEASE TAKE THE TIME to read the following information carefully as it may have an impact on the outcome of your application.

If you do not fully complete the screening questions as instructed, you will be screened out.

A written exam will be administered.

Interviews will be conducted.

Reference checks will be conducted.

Candidates must meet the essential qualifications to be appointed to a position.

Persons are entitled to participate in the appointment process in the official language of their choice.

Communication for this process will be sent via email. It is the candidate’s responsibility to ensure accurate contact information is provided and updated as required; Candidates who apply to this selection process should include an email address that accepts email from unknown users (some email systems block these types of email).

Acknowledgment of receipt of applications will not be sent; we will contact candidates when the screening process is completed.

We will accept applications on-line only.

All job applications must therefore be submitted through the Public Service Resourcing System. Following are some of the benefits associated with applying on-line.

Applicants can create a profile and a resume that can be used when applying for other processes without having to recreate a new application each time.

Applicants can modify their application/resume at any time BEFORE the closing date indicated on the job advertisement.

Applicants can verify the status of their applications, at any time.

Applicants can be notified electronically of tests or interviews and results.

For some jobs, applicants will find important information, namely the job questionnaire and a complete statement of merit criteria that are only available when applying on-line.

To submit an application on-line, please select the button “Apply Online” below.

Persons with disabilities preventing them from applying on-line are asked to contact 1-800-645-5605.

A random or top-down selection of candidates may be used in the determination of those to be given further consideration in the assessment process.

If you have questions, need accommodations, or are not able to apply online, please use the Contact information below! We will be glad to help. If you prefer to speak on the phone, please include that request in your email, along with your contact information.

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Preference will be given to veterans first and then to Canadian citizens and permanent residents, with the exception of a job located in Nunavut, where Nunavut Inuit will be appointed first.

Information on the preference to veterans

We thank all those who apply. Only those selected for further consideration will be contacted.

Contact information

Carine Guevremont, Human Resources Advisor
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