Serco Inc.

Patent Classifier I(Computer Science) - Harrisonburg, VA

Recruiting Location
RL_VA03 - Harrisonburg (Tech. Dr.)
Work Location
Information Technology
Position Type
Security Clearance

Position Description

Serco IP Services, part of Serco North America, is seeking a Patent Classifier to review patent applications received from the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in the general fields of Computer Science.


This is a great opportunity for a candidate who is seeking a team driven environment, but is also a strong, independent worker. Successful candidates are able to make significant contributions to the patent industry while working in the growing economy and beautiful surroundings of the Shenandoah Valley in Harrisonburg, Virginia. The work performed by Serco Patent Classifiers supports a contract with the USPTO as well as related commercial patent search and analysis services.

The classifier will be expected to determine appropriate classifications in accordance with both U.S. and international patent classification systems through technical knowledge, research, and automated tools.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities may include:

  • Learn patent classification, search, and examination processes.
  • Apply knowledge of classification processes to assign U.S. Patent Classification (USPC) and Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) codes to complex technical subject matter.
  • Apply knowledge of classification, search, and examination processes to provide analysis and prepare written reports for patent attorneys and others in the IP industry.
  • Use automated systems to perform research and classification operations.
  • Function in a production-based environment with emphasis on operating efficiently and accurately at a significant pace.
  • Work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Work closely with others in a team environment.
  • Participate in on-going program training to expand knowledge in additional technical fields and patent services.


Required Skills:

  • Technical expertise in one or more of the following technologies: Databases, cryptography, software, dynamic storage, data processing, security, hardware, e-commerce.
  • Exceptional analytical skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong reading comprehension skills.
  • Strong written communication skills.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office Word and Excel.
  • Ability to work on a computer workstation 8 hours per day.

Desired Attributes:

  • Prioritizes well, successful in a fast paced environment.
  • Works well with others, helps other succeed.
  • Willing to accept and apply feedback from others.
  • Ability to clearly articulate thought process and logic.
  • Able to maintain focus for long periods of time.
  • Quickly learn new things.
  • Open minded.
  • Mental stamina.


  • A Bachelor of Science in Computer Science or equivalent mix of education and experience.


  • A minimum of 0 – 2 years’ work experience in a related field.
    Travel: Some travel may be required

Security Clearance:

  • Applicant selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.
  • This position supports a U.S. Government Contract whose terms require Serco to staff it only with U.S. Citizens.

Serco N.A. is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V

Company Overview

Serco Inc. (Serco) is the Americas division of Serco Group, plc, one of the worlds leading and most admired service companies. Serco serves Federal, state and local governments, along with the Canadian government and commercial customers. We help our clients deliver vital services more efficiently, while increasing the satisfaction of their end customers. Headquartered in Reston, VA, Serco has approximately 10,000 employees with an annual revenue of $1 billion and is part of a $6 billion global business that helps transform government and public services around the world. Serco recognizes that our employees are our most valuable asset. Our successes directly relate to our employees. At Serco, we listen, respect and support our employees and through continuous training, development and information-sharing, we advance talent internally, enhancing career growth and progression which enables not only our employees to excel but enables our customers to excel as well. Our employees personally can make a difference. It is not just a job at Serco; at Serco, we offer career opportunities. We invite you to become part of our dynamic team. Serco's people share a passion for delivering ethical service, innovation, and a commitment to results. Our focus on Bringing Service to Life is more than a tagline, it’s the way we get things done, the way we talk with each other, and the way we interact and respect each other. We succeed by encouraging and generating new ideas. We trust our people to deliver. We are passionate about building innovative and successful Serco businesses. Our most powerful tool in improving performance is to instill a stimulating culture where people feel they can personally make a difference. Serco is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversifying its workforce (Race/ Color/ Sex/ Sexual Orientation/ Gender Identity/ Religion/ National Origin/ Disability/ Vets).


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