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    The Office of General Counsel (OGC) plays a vital role in the USPTO's mission. The Deputy Solicitor position is located in the OGC under the Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property Law and Solicitor (“Solicitor”) and is responsible for developing, in coordination with the Solicitor, legal positions on patent, trademark and copyright litigation before the Federal Courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, U.S district courts, and regional U.S. courts of appeals.

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    The Deputy Solicitor is responsible for: 

    • Supervising, in coordination with the Solicitor, all intellectual property litigation involving the USPTO as a party or amicus, for example litigation involving the USPTO Director in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and other federal district and appellate courts as consistent with delegations from the U.S. Department of Justice;
    • Arguing cases at the Federal Circuit and other courts;
    • Participating in discussions with Department of Justice and Department of Commerce attorneys regarding intellectual property issues before the Supreme Court, and representing the USPTO in discussions about potential positions taken by the United States on intellectual property matters in the federal courts;
    • In coordination with the Solicitor, managing the Office of the Solicitor (including hiring employees, staffing cases, training employees and budget management), Senior Counsels and Associate Solicitors on all intellectual property related matters, including intellectual property litigation;
    • Supervising prosecution of disciplinary proceedings concerning alleged violations of rules governing practice before the USPTO;
    • Participating in the development of intellectual property policy;
    • Participating in the development of proposals for, and implementation of, revisions to Manual of Patent Examining Procedures, Trademark Manual of Examining Procedures,  the Code of Federal Regulations involving patent and trademark law and other substantive policy guidance documents;
    • Providing administrative clearances on proposals to amend the Code of Federal Regulations or publish a notice in the Federal Register involving patent and trademark law;
    • Providing accurate and reliable legal advice in all areas of intellectual property law within the authority of the General Counsel of the USPTO;
    • As requested, representing the Director or General Counsel in meetings, on committees, and in connection with a wide variety of legal and other issues and performing other duties of a legal nature as assigned or delegated by the General Counsel; and
    • Engaging in public outreach and speaking engagements with various organizations involved in intellectual property law matters.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    0905 Attorney

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