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Job Title:  Attorney-Adviser (Intellectual Property Rights)
Department:  Department Of Commerce
Agency:  Commerce, International Trade Administration
Job Announcement Number:  ITA-FSHR-2014-0001

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

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$116,087.00 to $150,913.00 / Per Year
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 to Tuesday, November 19, 2013
Excepted Service. - Full-time - Temporary NTE 2 Years*
1 vacancy in the following location:
Shanghai, ChinaView Map
U.S. citizens.


Are you interested in assisting the U.S. businesses compete globally? Help create opportunities for U.S. workers and firms by promoting international trade and fostering a level playing field for American business. Join the International Trade Administration in opening foreign markets, ensuring compliance with trade laws and agreements, and lowering barriers to U.S. competitiveness. Join a winning team help U.S. industry to meet and beat foreign competition, both at home and abroad.

This position is located in the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai, China, Commercial Section.  The incumbent will serve as the Intellectual Property Attaché in Shanghai for the United States & Foreign Commercial Service and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). As an IP Attaché, the incumbent will act as a resource on the Chinese intellectual property regimes for other U.S. government agencies. This position is a limited, non-career Foreign Commercial Service Officer position.

NOTE: Filling of this position is contingent upon availability of funds for FY 2014.

Candidates must be able to obtain medical, security and suitability clearances. Clearances may include a review of specific factors of an employee's appropriateness for assignment to a specific post, including, existing ties to that country. 


  • 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.


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• Serves as an expert in intellectual property, international trade, legislative procedures and executive branch decision making.

• Promotes high standards of intellectual property protection and enforcement in host country and/or region.

• Carries out U.S. foreign, economic and political objectives to promote improvements in patent, trademark and copyright Legal systems internationally for the benefit of U.S. interests.

• Develops policy for the U.S. Government on intellectual property Law matters for international settings such as the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (APEC), the Gulf Cooperation Commission (GCC), the European Commission and various agencies of the United Nations such as the World Health Organization (WHO).

• Serves as U.S. 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, patent, trademark, copyright and enforcement Legal systems; and identifies and addresses impediments affecting the program areas.

• Exercises managerial authority over local staff.


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

1. Possess a Juris Doctor (JD) and/or Master of Laws (LL.M) from an accredited law school.

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.

3. Possess at least four years of professional legal/law experience.

4. Possess at least one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to that of a GS-14 in the Federal Service. 

Specialized experience is defined as experience that equipped the applicant with the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of this position.
1. Knowledge of foreign and domestic intellectual property laws.

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

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

4. Ability to communicate orally on legal issues.

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

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

Professional Legal/Law experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies to perform successfully the duties of the position to be filled. This experience is characterized by breadth and depth of experience in rendering professional legal advice and services with respect to questions, regulations, practices, or other matters falling within the purview of a Federal government agency, private sector, law firm, or other organization; preparing interpretative and administrative orders, rules, or regulations to give effect to the provisions of governing statutes or other requirements of law; drafting, negotiating, or examining contracts or other legal documents; drafting, preparing formal comments, or making substantive recommendations regarding proposed legislation; editing and preparing for publication statutes enacted by Congress and opinions or decisions of a court, commission, or board; drafting and reviewing decisions for consideration and adoption by an organization or official; conducting investigations to obtain facts; determining questions of law; studying, analyzing and evaluating legal precedents, to present findings. Legal work is described as extremely complex and difficult and requires a high order of original and creative legal endeavor in balancing conflicting interests; has broad or wide-scope impact on an economy, industry, private or public interests; and may involve directly or indirectly very large sums of money. Work may also involve acting as principal attorney in charge of the preparation and presentation of cases; recommending policies and developing procedures and regulations to implement new or amended legislation; and acting as legal, general or senior counsel to a major firm or organization.

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.


Must be a U.S. Citizen.


1. Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your resume, supporting documentation and occupational questionnaire for required KSAs, professional legal/law experience and specialized experience.

2. If you meet the qualification requirements stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume and supporting documentation to your responses to the vacancy questions.

3. High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume may eliminate you from further consideration and/or qualified status.

4. Only qualified candidates will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration.
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Foreign Service Officer Benefits include group life insurance, health benefits and Thrift Savings Plan; Government provided quarters or housing allowance, when overseas; generous leave accrual policy; cost of living adjustments and post differential pay for certain overseas assignments; and educational allowances for children, when overseas.


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.

• The selectee will be required to obtain and maintain a Top Secret security clearance.

• Drug Testing: Under the Department of Commerce's Drug Free Workplace Plan, all applicants tentatively selected for this position will be required to submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment, and if appointed the incumbent will be subjected to random drug testing procedures.

• 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.


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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 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.


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 or . 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 FAX OR 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; and 3. Fax using the fax cover sheet.

FAXING INSTRUCTIONS AND CONFIRMATION OF RECEIPT - Documentation required by this announcement must be FAXED to 571-258-4052. After you fax in your documentation, you will receive an email notification from If you do not receive this confirmation email within 24 to 48 hours, please call the technical support at (866) 656-6831. These documents must be received by the closing date of this announcement. NOTE: If you have problems completing your on-line application, including problems faxing your supporting documents or you 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.

Contact Information for this vacancy: Lakshmi Bouchard, 202-482-7931 Fax: 571-258-4052 Email: AGENCY CONTACT INFO: Julie Burch, Phone: 202-482-5551 Fax: 571-258-4052 Email:  Agency Information: International Trade Administration 1401 Constitution Ave NW Room 3226 Washington, DC 20230.


Lakshmi Bouchard
Phone: 202-482-7931
Fax: 571-258-4052
Agency Information:
1401 Constitution Ave NW
Room 1843
Attn: Human Resources
Washington, DC
Fax: 571-258-4052


You will receive notice that your application has been received. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at  - 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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