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    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been serving the economic interests of America for more than 200 years. We are responsible for granting US intellectual property rights for patents and trademarks. Our efforts have provided inventors exclusive rights over their discoveries. It's an effort that continues to contribute to a strong global economy, to encourage investment in innovation and to cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit for the 21st century. The USPTO is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, and has over 12,000 employees, including engineers, scientists, attorneys, analysts, IT specialists, etc. all dedicated to accomplishing the USPTO’s mission, vision, strategic goals and guiding principles. For more information about the USPTO, please visit the USPTO Careers Website.

    These positions are located in the Office of the Commissioner for Trademarks, Trademark Examining Groups.

    Applicants hired under this vacancy announcement (except in particular circumstances concerning current and former Federal Government employees with significant relevant trademark experience) will have their grade and pay set at the GS-0905-11 Step 1 grade level at ($64,650) per annum.

    Telework is not available for employees at this grade level (GS-11) for this position.

    PLEASE DO NOT SUBMIT ANY DOCUMENTS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN SPECIFICALLY REQUESTED AT THE TIME OF APPLYING. DO NOT THEREFORE, SUBMIT ANY WRITING SAMPLE THAT IS NOT EXPLICITLY REQUESTED OR REQUIRED. SUCH DOCUMENTS WILL NOT BE REVIEWED AS PART OF THE APPLICATION.

    THESE POSITIONS ARE PROJECTED TO START IN MARCH AND MAY OF 2017.

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    Responsibilities

    This is an entry-level position.

    As an Attorney Advisor, you will be responsible for the complete ex parte examination of applications for the registration of trademarks to ensure compliance with the Trademark Act of 1946 and related statutes. Issues that may arise during the examination include: likelihood of confusion, ownership, use of the mark in commerce, descriptive or generic uses of the mark, acquired distinctiveness, functionality and/or ornamentation.

    You will conduct preliminary review of applications which may pose complex factual and legal questions; analyze the record; evaluate facts; and determine questions of law. You will recommend approval of a mark for publication for opposition or draft the final position of the Agency.

    You may meet with counsel in order to resolve issues that arise during examination. You will prepare cases for ex parte appeal to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    14

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Applications will be accepted from all United States Citizens and Nationals.

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/452881000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.