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Patent Classifier - Civil Engineering & Transportation

Centuria Corporation is seeking a Patent Classifier to review Patent Applications received from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in the general fields of mechanical and civil engineering with an emphasis on land transport vehicles, mechanical power transmission systems, brakes, clutches, wheels, bearings, lubrication; and civil engineering areas such as building structures, bridges, road construction, earth engineering, oil and gas well drilling. Additional areas for consideration are: firearms, weapons, material handling and racking systems.  This position is located in Harrisonburg, VA.

The classifier will be expected to determine appropriate application classifications in accordance with the Cooperative Patent Classification and US Patent Classification systems through technical knowledge, research and automated tools.  The successful candidate will have technical knowledge in one or preferably more of the major classification categories and must be motivated to exceed the contractual productivity and quality targets.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities may include:

  • - Demonstrated ability to learn the patent classification/examination process.
  • - Apply knowledge of classification process to assign Cooperative Patent Classification Codes (CPC) and U.S. Patent Codes (USPC) to complex technical subject matter.
  • - Assign CPC and USPC classifications within Tech Center specific classes.
  • - Use automated systems to perform research and classification operations.
  • - Function in a production-based environment with emphasis on quality and productivity.
  • - Work independently with minimal supervision.
  • - Work closely with others in a team environment.
  • - Attend on-going in-house training to expand knowledge in additional CPC/USPC classes.

Required Skills:

  • - Technical expertise in one or preferably more of the technical fields stated above and general expertise in Mechanical or Civil Engineering.
  • - Ability to function in a production-based environment, including operating efficiently, accurately and at a significant pace.
  • - Exceptional analytical skills and attention to detail is required.
  • - The ability to use computer systems to perform research and classification operations.
  • - Demonstrated experience performing research.
  • - Motivated to exceed the contractual productivity and quality targets.
  • - Ability to work independently and also within a team without need of excessive supervision.
  • - Ability to work on a computer workstation 8 hours per day.

Education: A bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, civil engineering or related discipline.

Experience:  A minimum of 0 – 2 years work experience in a related technical field. Demonstrated experience in technical field and/or on teams within a related technical field.

Travel: Some travel may be required

Security Clearance: Applicant selected may be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. Applicant must be a United States citizen.

Centuria Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V.

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