Job Overview


OUR MISSION: The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) enforces a variety of Federal antitrust and consumer protection laws. The FTC seeks to ensure that the nation's markets function competitively and are vigorous, efficient, and free of undue restrictions. The FTC also works to enhance the smooth operation of the marketplace by eliminating marketing acts or practices that are unfair or deceptive. The FTC conducts economic analyses to support its law enforcement efforts and to contribute to the policy deliberations of the Agency, the Congress, the Executive Branch, and other organizations.

The Federal Trade Commission’s Office of Policy Planning assists the Commission to develop and implement long-range competition and consumer protection policy initiatives and advises staff on cases raising new or complex policy and legal issues. The Office of Policy Planning is seeking an attorney with intellectual property experience to support the office’s work.

Candidates should have excellent legal research and writing abilities, strong organizational and analytical skills in presenting written arguments, excellent oral communication skills, and the ability to explain complex legal and technical issues in a clear and succinct manner. Candidates also should be able to work effectively with other people, exercise sound judgment, meet deadlines, and exhibit a strong interest in the work of the agency. In addition, demonstrated experience in intellectual property, patent litigation, and antitrust is highly desired. This position is not included in the bargaining unit.


As an attorney in the Office of Policy Planning, you will perform a variety of legal duties, including frequently challenging legal and policy analysis. Often the work of the staff includes advisory functions related to antitrust policy and enforcement efforts under the various statutes enforced by the Commission. A successful staff member has interest in and the ability to deal with both legal analysis and economic and practical business issues arising from the policy issues under consideration. More specifically, you will;

  • Provide intellectual property guidance to support the Commission’s policy and enforcement initiatives.
  • Draft and review policy recommendations, amicus briefs, advocacy comments and Commission decisions.
  • Organize public workshops and draft Commission and staff reports on cutting-edge competition and intellectual property issues.
  • Confer with government agencies, public authorities, attorneys, businesspersons, and other members of the public in order to obtain information relevant to Commission policy and enforcement initiatives.
  • Prepare internal documents for review by the Commission and perform special assignments as directed.