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USPTO Seeks AI Expert to Support Modernization Initiatives

Jeff Brody

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is looking for an artificial intelligence lead that will provide technical expertise to support the agency’s implementation of AI into its daily operations, Nextgov reported Tuesday.

The AI lead will report to USPTO Chief Information Officer Henry Holcombe and help execute projects such as USPTO’s efforts to use AI for patent classification and trademark image searching to prevent fraud and duplication. In addition, the AI expert will handle issues surrounding biases and how to prevent them.

“We need to figure out how we can use those algorithms to the best of our abilities,” he said. “We’ve seen an explosion in AI submissions and so AI is now maturing to a point to where it actually can be used—we don’t want it to be a buzzword.”

Holcombe noted that USPTO is halfway through recruitment procedures and is open to telework-based operations, which he said may help attract qualified professionals across the country.

Interested parties may submit their applications through Oct. 25.

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