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    The position is located in the U. S. Consulate in Shanghai, China, Commercial Section. The incumbent will serve as an Intellectual Property (IP) Attaché in Shanghai for the US&FCS and U. S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).The position requires knowledge of all fields of IP and international agreements governing IP, including IP office operation and administration, IP training, and adherence to IP standards of protection and enforcement.

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    As an IP Attaché, the incumbent will act as a resource on China's intellectual property regime for other U. S. Government agencies. This position reports to the Senior Commercial Officer and must also coordinate with the Economics Section, other parts of the U. S. Consulate in Shanghai and the USPTO

     Serves as an expert in intellectual property, as well as international trade, legislative procedures and executive branch decision-making related to intellectual property.

     Promotes high standards of intellectual property protection and enforcement in host country and/or region. In doing so, the incumbent carries out U. S. objectives to promote improvements in patent, trademark and copyright legal systems internationally for the benefit of U.S. interests.

     The incumbent develops, in consultations with appropriate USPTO representatives, strategic plans for engaging countries in the region to improve their intellectual property regimes.

     Serves as the United States Patent and Trademark Office representative on U. S. delegations to international meetings on intellectual property to develop international agreements, revise existing agreements or address implementation of agreements or treaties.

     Responsible for program areas of international trade and intellectual property; and identifies and addresses impediments affecting the program areas.

     Exercise managerial authority over local staff.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - 25% or less Frequency of travel will vary.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    Conditions Of Employment

    •Must be a U. S. Citizen.

    •Receive a negative result on a drug test.

    • Meet rigorous medical clearance requirements, including dependents.

    •Must be able to obtain medical, security and suitability clearances.

    •Must be at least 21 years of age.


    Applicants must possess the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement in order to be eligible for this position:

    •Possess a Juris Doctor (JD) or Master of Laws (LL.M) from an accredited law school;

    •Be a current member of the Bar in good standing of any state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico;

    •Possess at least four years of professional legal/law experience; and

    •Possess at least one year of specialized experience.


    Applicant must: 

    1. Possess a Juris Doctor (JD) and/or Master of Laws (LL.M) and
    2. Be a current member of the Bar in good standing of any state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

    Additional information


    •Work may occasionally require travel away from the normal duty station.

    •Employee may be required to work extended or other than normal duty hours to include evenings and weekends.

    •The work requires the incumbent to obtain and maintain a Top Secret Security Clearance.

    •Must obtain security post suitability approval for each overseas assignment.

    •Medical clearances for the applicant and eligible family members is required to be obtained and maintained for this position.

    •This is a Testing Designated Positions (TDPs) under the Agency's approved Drug-Free Work Place Program; therefore, applicants must receive a negative drug test result prior to a final offer of employment being issued.

    •On an annual basis, or as requested, the incumbent must complete and file a Confidential Financial Disclosure statement.

    •Complete mandatory training is required.

    •The position is covered under the bargaining unit.

    •Tour of duty is two years. Extension(s) up to a maximum of 5 years is possible, however, extensions are not guaranteed and no promise of an extension is implied.

    •Starting Foreign Service Officer Salary is commensurate with experience. Current Federal Government employees will be converted at their current grade level and pay shall be set at the Foreign Service salary that equals or exceeds the employee’s current pay. 

    • An employee of any agency who accepts, with the consent of the head of that agency, a limited appointment in the Foreign Service under section 309 of the Foreign Service Act of 1980 is entitled, upon the expiration of that appointment, to be reemployed in that employee's former position or in a corresponding or higher position in that agency. Upon reemployment under this section, an employee shall be entitled to any within-grade increases in pay which the employee would have received if the employee had remained in the former position in the agency.

    • Must meet qualification requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

    • APPLICANTS WITH A DISABILITY: The Department of Commerce provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify the Office of Foreign Service Human Capital contact identified in this vacancy. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE IS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY (EEO) EMPLOYER.

    • Male applicants born after December 31, 1959 must certify at the time of appointment that they have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law.

    • Must be available for frequent overnight travel.

    How You Will Be Evaluated

    Your resume will be evaluated based on the evidence of your ability to clearly demonstrate that you have the required professional law experience, specialized experience, and knowledge skills and abilities(KSAs). 

    1. Knowledge of foreign and domestic intellectual property laws, the effect of U. S. political relationships and positions with respect to other countries on the protection of intellectual property internationally, foreign and domestic laws affecting the rights of the U. S. citizens and foreign nationals and/or international agreements, treaties, etc., including business or economic matters affecting the same.

    2. Ability to prepare expert legal analysis on intellectual property issues developing in the host country and the region.

    3. Ability to express orally and in writing complex legal issues and interrelationships of public policy interests and issues impacting agency programs.

    4. Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with high-level officials.

    5. Experience supervising professional staff and managing resources in a technical or legal organization.


    1. Knowledge of all fields of Intellectual Property (IP) and international IP agreements.

    2. Assisting in and/or devising the correct strategy for resolving complex issues by applying sound knowledge of the fields of foreign policy, international trade and IP.

    3. Strong communication skills to liaise with local contacts and work closely with appropriate Embassy officials on developments. Ability to write a variety of documents including policy, speeches, talking points, briefs and options.

    4. Ability to provide succinct, timely and comprehensive reports, both orally and in writing.

    5. Provide guidance and assistance in negotiating on IP matters in bilateral and/or multilateral settings.

    6. Planning, organizing and/or executing training and outreach programs on complex IP issues.

    7. Experience in providing guidance and assistance on the basic principles governing protection of intellectual property, such as patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets and/or treaties administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in order to monitor foreign governments' implementation of trade agreements and to assess foreign governments' compliance with international trade obligations.

    8. Knowledge of U.S. statues, regulations, decisions and policies and international arrangements pertaining to international trade and intellectual property to enable development of proposals or recommendations that may alter (e.g. improve property protection for U.S. interests) domestic and international law on international property or affect the role or operation of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

    9. Writing a variety of legal documents, including policy, speeches, testimonies, talking points, briefs, opinions.

    10. Ability to supervise, manage, and oversee a subordinate staff engaged in legal work.
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    Background checks and security clearance

    Security clearance

    Top Secret

    Drug test required


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    Required Documents

    Complete application consists of the following:

    1. Resume: Resume showing relevant experience; optional cover letter.  Your resume should indicate your educational and work experience including job titles, salary, employment dates, duties and accomplishments, experience and how it relates to the professional law experience, specialized experience and the KSAs in the job announcement. Any experience claimed in a cover letter should be substantiated by information contained in your resume.

    2. Transcripts: You MUST submit copies of your law degree transcripts for verification of the education requirements. Unofficial copies are acceptable, however, if selected you will be required to furnish official transcripts. It is your responsibility to provide adequate proof that you meet the above educational requirements. Inadequate or illegible information could result in non-qualification and loss of consideration.

    3. Bar Membership:You MUST submit documentation to prove that you are a current member of the Bar in good standing of any state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

    4. Veteran's preference: The Department of Commerce considers veterans’ preference eligibility a positive factor when reviewing applications.  Qualified veterans will be considered consistent with the requirements of the Foreign Service Act of 1980. Please indicate on your resume the type of veterans' preference you are claiming and provide the appropriate supporting documentation (i.e. DD214 – “member copy 4” or Statement of Service (if active duty), VA Letter, SF-15 etc). For more information on eligibility requirements, please go to http://www.fedshirevets.gov/ or http://www.opm.gov/staffingportal/vetguide.asp . IF APPLICABLE:  Military service member's "Statement of Service" will be accepted up to 120 days prior to separation date if a terminal leave form or DD214 cannot be provided.  The "Statement of Service" must be signed by or by direction of: the adjutant, personnel officer, or commander of your unit or higher headquarters and must indicate when your terminal leave will begin, your rank, dates of active duty service, the Type of Discharge and Character of Service (i.e. honorable).

    5. Other supporting document: We highly encourage current and former Federal employees to submit their SF-50 "Notification of Personnel Action" (indicating current position occupied, grade, step, and tenure). This allows the Human Resources Office (HRO) to expedite the job offer process should you be selected. However, if you don’t attach it, HRO will request that you submit a copy of the supporting document. If you fail to provide the supporting document within 5 business days from the date of request, we will withdraw the job offer and/or remove you from further consideration.   
    IMPORTANT: FAILURE TO SUBMIT (VIA UPLOAD) THE APPLICABLE DOCUMENTS MAY EXCLUDE YOU FROM FURTHER CONSIDERATION. You may submit required and/or supplemental documents through any of the following methods: 1. Upload your file(s); 2. Download from your USAJOBS account. These documents must be received by the closing date of this announcement. NOTE: If you have problems completing your on-line application and want to confirm receipt of all of your documents, please contact the HELP DESK by phone at 1-866-656-6831. The help desk is available Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET.

    If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

    Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

    Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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    A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding.

    Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.

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    How to Apply

    Your complete application, including required documents, must be received on-line by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time (ET) on the closing date of this announcement. If you do not have access to the internet, please contact the Human Resources Specialist listed on this vacancy announcement for alternate methods of application. If you encounter technical difficulties during the application process please call 1-866-656-6831 Monday through Friday, 7:00AM to 7:00PM ET (excluding Federal holidays).

    Applicants applying under this announcement are required to complete and submit an on-line application through the Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) application system, USAJOBS at website http://www.usajobs.gov. The information you provide and your resume will become part of your application and will automatically be transferred to the Department of Commerce's application system when you apply on-line. Information you provide is general information that must be completed by all applicants.

    Your resume MUST include the following information. Failure to do so may disqualify you from consideration for the position for which you are applying. 

    • Full name, mailing address (including zip code), and day and evening telephone numbers.

    • Citizenship.

    • If you are registered for Selective Service if you are a male born after 12/31/59.

    • Education: Provide name, city and state of all schools attended; i.e., high school, colleges and universities, vocational, trade, business, technical. Provide dates of attendance, major, and type and year of any degrees received.

    • Work experience including the dates (mm/dd/yy) of each employment along with the number of hours worked per week. Include paid and Non-paid job-related work experience. For each job listed you are to provide: a. Job title b. Duties and accomplishments c. Employer's name and address d. Supervisor's name and phone number e. Starting and ending dates (mm/dd/yy) f. Salary g. If Federal; Title, Series, and grade/pay band.

    • Other Job Related Qualifications Information: Provide training courses, special skills you possess, certificates and licenses, honors, awards, special accomplishments, etc. applicable to the position.

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    Kelly Rider








    1401 Constitution Ave NW
    Room 1861
    Attn: Human Resources Operations
    Washington, District of Columbia 20230
    United States
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    You will receive notice that your application has been received. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://www.usajobs.gov/.  - Click on the MY USAJOBS, which brings you to the login screen. - Login to your account. - You can check your status by either clicking on Track your online job Applications or on the APPLICATIONS tab. Note: USAJOBS accounts are deactivated after 18 months of inactivity. If your account has been deactivated, you should create an entirely new resume. It is to your advantage to update your resume at least twice a year to maintain your marketability and to avoid deactivation.

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A reasonable accommodation is any change to a job, the work environment, or the way things are usually done that enables an individual with a disability to apply for a job, perform job duties or receive equal access to job benefits.

Under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, federal agencies must provide reasonable accommodations when:

  • An applicant with a disability needs an accommodation to have an equal opportunity to apply for a job.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to perform the essential job duties or to gain access to the workplace.
  • An employee with a disability needs an accommodation to receive equal access to benefits, such as details, training, and office-sponsored events.

You can request a reasonable accommodation at any time during the application or hiring process or while on the job. Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/509673400. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.