There is an opening for a patent attorney to serve as a Patent Attorney within the Intellectual Property (IP) law branch of the Office of Counsel, U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) within the Office of Counsel, Office of Naval Research. Applications will not be accepted through this flyer. Interested applicants must follow the directions in the "How to Apply" section of this flyer to be considered. Notice of Result letters will not be sent to applicants who respond to this flyer.Learn more about this agency
- You will provide NRL clients a full range of IP services, including drafting and prosecuting patent applications and reviewing research publications for potentially patentable material.
- You will provide counseling on contract and technology transfer IP matters such as rights in inventions, patents, technical data, and computer software.
- You will, on a more limited basis, prepare and prosecute trademark applications, provide litigation support for patent infringement claims, and resolve patent and copyright administrative claims.
- You will work with inventors to identify patentable technology and useful trademarks, develop invention disclosures, and draft high quality patent applications.
Occasional travel - Travel is dependent upon position description and availability of funding
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Conditions of Employment
- Must be a US Citizen.
- Must be determined suitable for federal employment as determined by background investigation.
- Must participate in the direct deposit pay program.
- New employees to the Department of the Navy will be required to successfully pass the E-Verify employment verification check. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify/.
- Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180 days immediately following retirement date to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5 United States Code 3326.
- Males born after 12-31-59 must be registered for Selective Service.
- Selectee may be required to successfully complete a probationary period.
- You must obtain and maintain a security clearance.
QualificationsThe Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has not issued qualification standards for attorney positions. However, the Office of General Counsel (OGC) sets minimum qualifications for attorney positions as outlined below.
The successful candidate must:
1. Be a U.S. citizen.
2. Possess a Bachelor of Science or higher degree in either Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or Computer Engineering (and corresponding patent application preparation and patent prosecution experience). However, applicants who do not have a degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or Computer Engineering but have extensive academic or work experience in those fields will also be considered. Additionally, applicants with extensive experience in preparing and prosecuting software patents will also be considered.
3. Have graduated with a J.D. or LL. B from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.
4. Be an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia.
5. Be registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
NRL compensation falls under a Personnel Management Demonstration Program. This position is at the NO-IV/V career level in the NRL Demonstration Program. The Program uses career levels (aka, pay bands) for pay setting. At the NO-IV career level, salary will be set equivalent to a GS-13 salary level with salaries ranging from $90,069 to $118,822, and at the NO-V pay band, salary will be set equivalent to a GS-14 or GS-15 salary level with salaries ranging from $106,092 to $164,858. Career level and pay will be set based on the qualifications of the successful candidate. If the position is filled at the NO-IV career level, the position will have promotion potential to the NO-V level. To be eligible for selection at the GS-13 salary equivalent within the NO-IV career level, the individual must have at least two years of relevant experience working as a patent attorney. To be eligible for selection at the GS-14 salary equivalent within the NO-V career level, the individual must have at least three-and-a-half years of relevant experience working as a patent attorney. To be eligible for selection at the GS-15 salary equivalent within the NO-V career level, the individual must have at least five-and-a-half years of relevant experience working as a patent attorney.
Applicants will be evaluated on 1) the depth, breadth and quality of their experience in technical areas related to NRL's research; 2) their corresponding recent and relevant experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications; 3) their oral communication skills and ability to develop a strong attorney-client relationship; 4) their ability to work both independently and as part of a team; 5) their research, analytical, and writing skills; and 6) their interpersonal skills. Applicants with a record of making significant contributions to the advancement of the DON OGC or equivalent Office of the General Counsel or Law Firm/Office beyond the day to day legal practice is desired.
PART-TIME OR UNPAID EXPERIENCE: Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social) in a legal field/environment. Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying legal experience, including volunteer experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.
This job does not have an education qualification requirement.
This position is in the Excepted Service and does not confer competitive service.
ICTAP does not apply to Excepted Service positions.
A recruitment or relocation incentive may be available, but is not guaranteed.
Though some telework may be available, the patent attorney will be expected to physically work at the NRL field site at NASA's Stennis Space Center (SSC) near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.
Additional vacancies may be filled.
A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments.
A Secret security clearance is a requirement of this position. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a position offer or removal. If you possess a security clearance, please indicate the level and termination date in your resume.
Department of the Navy offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays and a 401K-type retirement plan.
Federal annuitant information: The selection of an annuitant is subject to the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy policy on the employment of annuitants. Policy information may be found at: http://www.secnav.navy.mil/donhr/Documents/CivilianJobs/FedCivAnnuitants.pdf.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating or consideration for employment.
In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience.
As vacancies occur, the Human Resources Office will review your resume to ensure you meet the hiring eligibility and qualification requirements listed in this flyer. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume, along with your supporting documentation.
If selected, you may be required to provide additional supporting documentation.
If after reviewing your resume and supporting documentation, a determination is made that you inflated your qualifications and/or experience, you may be found ineligible/not qualified.
All qualification requirements must be met before being considered for any vacancies.
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
The documents you are required to submit vary based on what you are claiming (i.e., applying as a veteran or disabled veteran, etc). The following documents are required to be submitted when applying for OGC attorney positions:
- Cover letter explaining the applicant's interest in the position;
- Resume. The resume must include the applicant's employment and educational history; a listing of state bars of which the applicant is an active member; and the applicant's registration number to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In lieu of a resume, applicants may submit an OF-612, Optional Application for Federal Employment or SF-171, Application for Federal Employment (no longer available but still accepted), and the information requested above must be included;
- Two legal writing samples up to fifteen pages each. Excerpts, to avoid exceeding the fifteen page limit, are acceptable;
- Copy of law school transcripts, including class rank, if candidate graduated from law school less than 5 years prior to the announcement closing date;
- Names and telephone numbers of at least three references, including your current supervisor, who may be contacted as part of the application process; though we will let applicants know before current supervisors would be contacted;
- Two most recent performance appraisals, if available.
- Veterans' Preference Documentation, if applicable (SF-15, DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other supporting documentation).
Are you claiming membership in any professional organizations, or possession of a license, certificate or credentials? Check the Conditions of Employment section above to see if any are required. If you claim membership, license, certification, or credentials, you must submit a copy of said document in your application package.
Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must specifically claim such eligibility in their cover letter or resume, identify the basis of the claim, and include supporting documentation (e.g. the DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty or other supporting documentation) with their submission. Not all veterans are preference eligible. For a summary of time periods, campaigns, and conditions that entitle an applicant to preference eligibility, please visit www.opm.gov/veterans and review the "Vets Info Guide" and "Vets Guide". There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference for attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of the Navy, Office of General Counsel considers veterans' preference eligibility a positive factor in the attorney hiring process. Applicants who do not claim and do not provide adequate supporting documentation for veterans' preference will not receive this positive factor consideration.
Veteran's Preference Information:
Documents submitted as part of the application package, to include supplemental documents, may be shared beyond the Human Resources Office. Some supplemental documents contain personal information such as SSN and DOB and some documents such as military orders and marriage certificates may contain personal information for someone other than you. You may sanitize these documents to remove said personal information before you submit your application. You must provide an un-sanitized version of the documents if you are selected.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
Eligibility for benefits depends on the type of position you hold and whether your position is full-time, part-time, or intermittent. Contact the hiring agency for more information on the specific benefits offered.
How to Apply
Electronic applications are preferred and may be uploaded and submitted at the Box website at
Hard copy applications may be sent to the following address:
Mr. Kerry L. Broome
Naval Research Laboratory
4555 Overlook Avenue S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20375-5320
For hard copy applications, delivery by overnight commercial delivery service (such as FedEx) is highly recommended as NRL USPS mail currently encounters delays due to screening and handling. Fax applications will not be accepted. If you have questions regarding this position, please contact NRL's Associate Counsel for Intellectual Property, Mr. Kerry Broome, at 202-404-1553 or email@example.com, or NRL's Counsel, Mr. James McCutcheon, at 202-767-2244 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the successful applicant is not currently a member of the Navy Office of the General Counsel, processing of the hiring action can only commence after submission of those items identified in the "Documentation Instructions for New Attorneys" (see Careers section of www.ogc.navy.mil).
Applications must be received by 11:59 PM, EDST, Friday, March 6, 2020 of this announcement to be considered.
** It is the applicant's responsibility to verify that information and documents received are legible and accurate.
HR will not modify answers/documents submitted by an applicant. **
Agency contact information
AddressNAVAL RESEARCH LABORATORY CONUS
Stennis Space Center
Stennis Space Center, MS 39529
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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/559026700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.