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    The USPTO's Office of General Counsel plays a vital role in the execution of the USPTO mission to issue patents and trademarks. The General Counsel serves as the principal legal advisor to the Director of the USPTO. The General Counsel supervises the court and administrative tribunal representation on intellectual property (e.g., patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret matters) and administrative matters (e.g., labor, personnel, government contracts, and fiscal) for the agency. 

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    The USPTO is seeking an accomplished legal professional to join its team as the next General Counsel. The General Counsel serves as the principal legal advisor to Office of Under Secretary for Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. The General Counsel is responsible for providing legal advice on patent, trademark and copyright matters as well as administrative legal matters including government contracts, personnel, and fiscal matters.

    Day-to-Day Responsibilities:

    • Direct all legal activities of a $3.5 billion organization with close to 13,000 employees.
    • Serve as chief legal advisor to the Office of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
    • Supervise approximately 130 employees in the Office of the Solicitor, Office of General Law and the Office of Enrollment and Discipline.
    • Render legal advice in all areas of general law, including procurement, labor, employment, investigations, fiscal, Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act and regulatory matters.
    • Develop legal positions for patent, trademark, copyright and other intellectual property litigation before the Federal Courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, U.S district courts, and regional U.S. courts of appeals.
    • Participate in the development of legislative proposals for revisions to patent and trademark statutes and regulations.
    • Supervise all enrollment and discipline matters involving registered patent practitioners and attorneys handling trademark matters.
    • Manage the United States Patent and Trademark Office pro bono efforts, including the Patent Pro Bono Program and the Law School Certification Program.
    • Provide public outreach to and speaking engagements at various organizations involved in intellectual property law matters.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


  • Job family (Series)

    0905 Attorney

This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/565000800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.