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    Come work for the USPTO, we have been ranked as one of the best places to work in the federal government! The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been serving the economic interests of America for more than 200 years. We are responsible for granting US intellectual property rights for patents and trademarks. The USPTO is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, and has over 12,000 employees. For more information about the USPTO, please visit the USPTO Jobs Website.

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    Responsibilities

    During the current period of mandatory telework required by the Agency’s COVID-19 response, telework will be mandatory. When it is determined the Agency will be moving to the reopening phase, the expectation will be to physically return to the office at the USPTO – Alexandria, VA campus.  Telework days and any waiting period for eligibility will be determined at that time. 

    This position is located in the Office of Enrollment and Discipline in the Office of General Counsel.

    Incumbent is responsible for the following:

    • Completing investigations, preparations, arguments and general conduct of the full range of highly controversial disciplinary cases involving ethical and legal considerations, which require extensive research and analysis and investigating the good moral character and reputation of candidates seeking recognition to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
    • Coordinating and assisting with preparing a nationwide examination of the candidate’s proficiency in patent law and USPTO office regulations, policies, and procedures to be registered as a patent attorney or agent.
    • Eliciting and evaluating evidence and testimony; preparing letters, interrogatories, formal complaints (37 CFR 11.34) and other documentation, including drafting decisions affecting the enrollment of attorneys and agents.
    • Interviewing complainants, practitioners and others having knowledge material to an investigation or disciplinary proceeding.
    • Preparing disciplinary matters for presentation to the Committee on Discipline for a probable cause determination; and adjudicating petitions for reinstatement from practitioners who have been suspended or excluded from practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
    • Adjudicating registration applications and petitions having highly complex factual or legal issues which involve the interpretation and application of legislation and regulations and which require a high order of original and creative legal endeavor in order to obtain a reasonable balance of conflicting public and private interests.
    • Conducting outreach efforts to educate the public and patent and trademark practitioners on applicable professional standards and best practices.
    • Assisting with developing policies and procedures for the preparation and submission of the online registration statement, which is to be submitted by practitioners who practice before the USPTO in patent matters.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required (less than 10%).

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    15

  • Job family (Series)

    0905 Attorney

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This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/584045200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.