Job hunting? USPTO is seeking its next CIO

The agency wants "an inspirational leader" to fill the role John Owens left open in November.
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. (Whitney Blair Wyckoff/FedScoop)

The U. S. Patent and Trademark Office has posted a job listing for its chief information officer position.

The agency is seeking an “experienced technical executive and an inspirational leader” for the role, the listing on USAJobs states.

The role of USPTO CIO has been empty in an official capacity since Nov. 3, when former CIO John Owens left the agency. In an interview prior to his departure, Owens spoke about being proactive in modernization and embracing failure.

“Any CIO who tells you that they don’t have a failed project is probably not challenging themselves,” Owens said at the time. After ending his nearly 10 year tenure in government, Owens announced that he has joined CGI as the vice president of the solutions development group within the company’s federal emerging technology practice.


Meanwhile, USPTO is looking to fill the post with a “results driven, service-centered, and people oriented individual to lead the USPTO OCIO team into the future.” The application will be open through March 11.

Filling the role will likely be one of incoming USPTO Director Andrei Iancu’s first tasks upon entering office. The Senate is set to vote for his confirmation sometime soon. The office has been without a permanent director since Michelle Lee left last June.

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