This vacancy has been amended to extend the closing date to 10/16/2019.
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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. The USPTO is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. For more information about the USPTO, please visit the USPTO Careers Website.
The Office of the Solicitor, a division of the Office of General Counsel, is seeking an experienced and talented individual to serve as a General Attorney. The Office of Solicitor serves as legal counsel to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on intellectual property law matters. The Office of the Solicitor also represents the USPTO's Director of the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) in disciplinary proceedings in which practitioners are charged with misconduct under the USPTO's Rules of Professional Conduct. The work is challenging, the atmosphere is professional, and the diverse attorneys enjoy a high quality of work life rarely found in the legal field.
The duties and responsibilities of the position include:
- Serving as primary counsel in representing the OED Director in disciplinary proceedings before administrative law judges, and in cases on appeal to the Director of the USPTO. Assisting in representing the USPTO in disciplinary cases in the United States district courts, and the United States appellate courts.
- Coordinating and overseeing all aspects of the Solicitor’s Office’s OED disciplinary cases which involve prosecuting unethical conduct by attorneys and agents recognized to practice before the USPTO in patent and trademark matters.
- Handling all aspects of highly controversial disciplinary cases from complaint filing through trial and appeal. Responsibilities include collaborating with the OED Director to complete investigations, developing litigation strategy, conducting legal research, writing complaints, motions, briefs, and other litigation documents, taking and defending depositions, presenting oral arguments, conducting trials.
- Providing legal advice to the OED Director, OED staff attorneys, and Agency officials on ethics and disciplinary matters.
- Advising in special projects, including teaching continuing legal education classes, contributing to the drafting of procedural rules, and other miscellaneous duties.
Occasional travel - 15% or less
This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/546098900. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.