Serco Inc.

Patent Classifier I(Electronics Semiconductors/Physics)- 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 Electronics and Semiconductors/ Applied Physics.


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: Semiconductor devices and manufacturing processes, electronic circuitry, power systems and control, electrical devices, Optical devices and components.
  • 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 Electronics and Semiconductors/ Applied Physics or equivalent mix of education and experience.


  • A minimum of 0 – 2 years’ work experience in a related field.
  • Electronics and Semiconductors and/or related civilian/military training in addition to the above education requirement would be highly beneficial to this position.

Travel: Some travel may be required


Security Clearance:

  • Applicant selected will be subject to a government security investigation
  • 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. Serco serves every branch of the U.S. military, numerous U.S. Federal civilian agencies, the Intelligence Community, the Canadian government, state and local governments, and commercial clients. We help our clients deliver vital services more efficiently while increasing the satisfaction of their end customers. Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, Serco Americas has approximately 8,000 employees and is part of a $4 billion global business that helps transform government and public services around the world. At Serco, our employees are our most valuable asset - we listen, respect and support them throughout their career at Serco. We invite you to become part of our dynamic team. Serco is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversifying our workforce (Race/ Color/ Sex/ Sexual Orientation/ Gender Identity/ Religion/ National Origin/ Disability/ Vets).


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