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    Summary

    The incumbent will serve as an Intellectual Property Attorney-Adviser (IP Attaché) in Johannesburg, South Africa for the International Trade Administration/Global Markets (ITA/GM) and United States Patent and Trademark Office. This position reports to the Foreign Commercial Service (FCS) Senior Commercial Officer and USPTO IP Attaché Program Director, who directs the incumbent, reviews the incumbent's performance and ensures consistency with agency and administration priorities. 

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    Responsibilities

    The Attorney-Adviser provides authoritative advice and guidance to post senior and executive staff, U.S. Embassy executives, other government agencies, international organizations, U.S. businesses, and foreign governments regarding complex legal issues, opinions specifically related to intellectual property rights, U.S. law, and the intellectual property infrastructure in the host country. 

    As the Attorney-Adviser, the incumbent serves as adviser to U.S. Embassy staff, other DOC agencies, Foreign Service Commercial staff at posts, other U.S. government agencies, and U.S. companies; interpreting U.S. and host country laws, calling their attention to host country actions that may affect U.S. intellectual property policy and business concerns. 

    Typical duties performed include but are not limited to: 

    • Advocating on behalf of the U.S. government with foreign governments regarding intellectual property protection issues in the host country(s).
    • Providing legal assistance in the formulation and interpretation of international agreements and domestic and foreign laws on intellectual property protection and identifies courses of action that advance U.S. economic and intellectual property rights interests.
    • Meeting with U.S. and foreign government dignitaries and, as necessary, business representatives to explain intellectual property requirements and restrictions and possible effects of the host country’s changes to its intellectual property rights laws and/or its disregard of U.S. business intellectual property rights.
    • Developing guidance, as well as training and capacity building programs, pertaining to the protection of U.S. intellectual property rights in the host country and for use by U.S. and foreign governments and U.S. foreign businesses.
    • Serving as a U.S. Patent and Trademark Office representative on U.S. delegations to international meetings on intellectual property to develop international agreements.
    • Evaluating proposed treaties and bilateral agreements to discern their possible effect on U.S. programs, policies, and regulations and potential restrictions on U.S. businesses.

    Travel Required

    50% or less - Frequency of travel will vary.

    Supervisory status

    Yes

    Promotion Potential

    01 - None

  • Job family (Series)

    0905 Attorney

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