Job Title:General Counsel
Department:Department Of Commerce
Agency:Patent and Trademark Office
Job Announcement Number:OGC-2013-0025
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/ Per Year|
|Friday, July 26, 2013 to
Friday, August 30, 2013|
SERIES & GRADE:
|1 vacancy in the following location:|
Alexandria, VA, USView Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
Applications will be accepted from all qualified individuals.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is looking for a General Counsel that is a strategic, energetic and enthusiastic leader to represent and direct the agency in all legal matters, serve as the principal legal advisor to the Under Secretary and Director (U/S) of the USPTO, and serve as a resource on legal matters and issues in institutional procedure and governance.
The USPTO's Office of General Counsel plays a vital role in the USPTO's mission to issue patents and trademarks. It does so by providing timely and innovative legal advice which promotes innovation and creativity. The General Counsel serves as the Under Secretary for Commerce and Director of the USPTO's principal legal advisor. The General Counsel supervises the provision of legal advice and court representation on intellectual property and administrative matters for the agency. In addition the General Counsel is responsible for providing legal advice on patent, trademark and copyright matters as well as administrative issues such as government contracts, personnel, and budgetary matters.
Legal advisory opinions rendered by the General Counsel are relied on by the U/S in establishing policy and procedures of the USPTO. The General Counsel's supervision of court work ensures that the USPTO's views are skillfully presented to court and administrative forums.
DUTIES:Back to top
The General Counsel for the USPTO is responsible for the following:
- Chief legal advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
- Supervising the Offices of the Solicitor, Office of General Law and the Office of Enrollment and Discipline.
- Developing legal positions for patent, trademark and copyright litigation before the Federal Courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S district courts, and regional U.S. courts of appeals,
- Participating in the development of legislative proposals for revisions to patent and trademark statutes.
- Legal review and drafting of patent and trademark regulations.
- Rendering legal advice in all areas of general law, including procurement, employment, fiscal, Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act and regulatory matters.
- Supervising all enrollment and discipline matters for registered patent practitioners and attorneys handling trademark matters.
- Public outreach to and speaking engagements at various organizations involved in intellectual property law matters.
QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED:Back to top
To qualify, the applicant’s resume and answers to questions must demonstrate his or her technical and leadership experience/expertise as they relate to the duties described.You must submit your responses to the Professional Technical Qualifications to be considered for the announcement (See Professional Technical Qualification Preview Questions link under the "How You Will Be Evaluated Section).
NOTE: If you are selected for the position you may be required to submit your Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) to the Office of Personnel Management to be approved before you can be placed into the position. However, at this time you are not required to submit your ECQs. http://www.opm.gov/ses/references/GuidetoSESQuals_2010.pdf
The incumbent must have a law degree from an accredited law school program. In addition, the incumbent must have a membership in good standing of the Bar of any state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or any other territorial court under the Constitution.
A highly qualified candidate would have substantial experience in litigating patent and trademark cases in the Federal Courts and applying knowledge of intellectual property law in cases involving complex legal and technological issues. An in-depth understanding of the USPTO's organic statute and the agency's rule making process is highly desirable along with an understanding of the American's Invent Act. In addition, a highly qualified candidate would have a minimum of fifteen years of senior legal practice experience.
Commitment to the highest ethical and professional standards; personal and professional integrity beyond reproach; unquestioned discretion in maintaining confidentiality.
Excellent written and oral communications skills in public and private settings with diverse audiences; ability to translate complex legal issues for a lay audience.
Strong leadership and interpersonal skills, able to collaborate with a diverse population, and ability to relate well with Senior Administration, political staff, government officials, and external audiences.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed resume and your responses to job specific self-assessment questions. To preview questions please click here.