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    This position is located in the Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA), in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  

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    The Senior Level Attorney Advisor (Trademarks-International) serves as the recognized technical and legal expert in the field of intellectual property rights related to the international protection and enforcement of trademarks and geographic indications.  This position is charged with providing expert legal and technical advice to senior USPTO, Department of Commerce, and other USG agencies on the international protection and enforcement of trademarks and geographic indications. 

    In addition, the Senior Level Attorney Advisor (Trademarks-International):

    Provides expert legal and technical advice to senior USPTO, DOC, and Administration officials on international intellectual property policy with emphasis on complex trademark and geographical indication matters.  Serves as the USPTO expert on international trademark and geographical indications issues related to the Internet.

    Represents the United States at international meetings related to trademarks and geographical indications.

    Drafts and reviews, when tasked, complex legislative proposals on trademarks and geographic indications, and for major Administration proposals or communications involving trademarks and geographic indications. In cooperation with the other Senior Level Attorney –Advisor for Trademarks, clears legislative proposals and views through the Department of Commerce, the Office of Management and Budget, the Department of State, the Department of Justice, et al. 

    Advocates enactment before the private sector, Members of Congress and their staff, particularly when the issues involved are legally or highly sensitive in nature.

    Participates in interagency groups and make presentations to and secures comments from high-profile private sector groups. 

    Directs and advises other attorneys on a wide range of international trademark matters. Oversees the planning, direction, and timely execution of programs.

    Develops multi-year and long-range work plans and contributes to and oversees the overall work to enhance achievement of goals and objectives.

    Renders advice, counsel, or instruction to employees on both substantive work and administrative matters, Develops performance standards, Evaluates work performance of team members, Prepares and conducts performance appraisals, Interviews candidates, recommending appointment, promotion, or reassignment to fill existing vacancies, Resolves complaints from employees, Effects minor disciplinary measures, and  Identifies and implements ways to improve the quality of the work directed. 

    This position includes some supervisory and related managerial duties. These duties should occupy less than 25 percent of the incumbent’s time. 

    The physical worksite for this position is located in Alexandria, VA. However, the USPTO is currently under a mandatory telework posture due to the COVID-19 pandemic; therefore, this position is currently under a 100 percent telework schedule. The position’s telework schedule will likely change in the future when USPTO moves away from its mandatory telework posture. At that time, the incumbent will be expected to report to the physical work site in accordance with the updated status requirements of their supervisor. The nature and scope of future telework opportunities will be subject to the unit’s telework policy, any applicable bargaining unit agreements, and supervisory approval. Payment of relocation expenses, as applicable, will be paid in accordance with this Job Opportunity Announcement. Non-compliance with the supervisor's telework-schedule requirement could result in adverse action, including separation.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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    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/596771600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.