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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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    During the current period of maximum telework required by the Agency’s COVID-19 response, full-time telework is available, including for the onboarding process. When it is determined the Agency will be moving to the reopening phase, this position will be physically stationed in Alexandria, VA, and will remain telework-eligible consistent with USPTO OGC policies. Those policies currently permit telework up to two days per week, but the office is reevaluating its existing policies and may further expand telework in the near future.

    This vacancy has been amended to extend the closing date to 05/26/2021.

    This position is located in the Office of the General Counsel, Office of General Law (OGL). 

    At the full performance level, the individual selected for this position will be responsible primarily for Federal procurement advice and litigation. OGL’s procurement practice is fast-paced, information technology-oriented, and a partner in the agency’s transformative goals. 

    The typical work assignments may include the following:

    Provide legal advice on acquisitions and procurements within the USPTO.  Review solicitation packages, statements of work, contract specifications and other contract documents for clarity and legal sufficiency.  Participate as counsel on source selections.  Provide advice on issues arising during contract administration.

    Represent the USPTO in litigation involving procurements and contracts.  Represent USPTO in bid protests filed before the General Accountability Office (GAO) and assist Department of Justice (DOJ) when bid protests are filed at the Court of Federal Claims.   Represent USPTO in contract appeals filed before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA) and assist DOJ when appeals are filed before the United States Court of Federal Claims.  Assist DOJ when appeals are filed before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

    Research and analyze applicable laws and regulations, including laws and regulations relating to procurement and unique USPTO procurement authorities (including Patent and Trademark Office Acquisition Guidelines), provide interpretations of those laws and regulations to the USPTO General Counsel and other USPTO officials and personnel.
    Research and analyze applicable laws and regulations related to legal advice may include data rights, bankruptcy, suspension and debarment, conflict of interest, ethics, real estate, security, procurement integrity, fiscal, socio economic laws, capital planning and assistance with audit or OIG investigations, as necessary. May provide some assistance to other areas of OGL. 

    Travel Required

    Not 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/599823600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.