To qualify for the FP-905-01 (GS-15 equivalency), applicants must have a minimum of four years of general law practice and one year of experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to that of a GS-14 in the Federal Service.
Your resume will be evaluated based on evidence of your ability to clearly demonstrate the required professional law experience, specialized experience and knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs).
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs):
- Knowledge of foreign and domestic intellectual property laws, the effect of U.S. political relationships and positions with respect to other countries on the protection of intellectual property internationally, foreign and domestic laws affecting the
rights of U.S. citizens and foreign nationals and/or international agreements, treaties, etc., including business or economic matters affecting the same.
- Ability to prepare expert legal analysis on intellectual property issues developing in the host country and the region.
- Ability to express orally and in writing complex legal issues and interrelationships of public policy interests and issues impacting agency programs.
- Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with high-level officials.
- Experience supervising professional staff and managing resources in a technical or legal organization.
Professional Legal/Law Experience for all attorneys: Professional legal/law experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) to successfully perform the duties of the position to be filled. This experience is characterized by breadth and depth of experience in rendering professional legal advice and services with respect to questions, regulations, practices, or other matters falling within the purview of a Federal government agency, private sector, law firm, or other organization; preparing interpretative and administrative orders, rules, or regulations to give effect to the provisions of governing statutes or other requirements of law; drafting, negotiating, or examining contracts or other legal documents; drafting, preparing formal comments, or making substantive recommendations regarding proposed legislation; editing and preparing for publication statutes enacted by Congress and opinions or decisions of a court, commission, or board; drafting and reviewing decisions for consideration and adoption by an organization or official; conducting investigations to obtain facts; determining questions of law; studying, analyzing and evaluating legal precedents, to present findings. Legal work is described as extremely complex and difficult and requires a high order of original and creative legal endeavor in balancing conflicting interests; has broad or wide-scope impact on an economy, industry, private or public interests; and may involve directly or indirectly very large sums of money. Work may also involve acting as principal attorney in charge of the preparation and presentation of cases; recommending policies and developing procedures and regulations to implement new or amended legislation; and acting as legal, general or senior counsel to a major firm or organization.
Specialized experience is defined as:
- Experience providing guidance and assistance on principles governing protection of IP (i.e. patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, etc.) and/or treaties administered by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to monitor and assess compliance of foreign governments' implementation of trade agreements and international trade obligations.
TRANSCRIPTS - You must submit a copy of your College/University and Law School transcript (unofficial is acceptable) it must show school name, student's name, credit earned, degree, and date awarded. Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet Federal qualification requirements if you can show that your foreign education is comparable to education received in accredited educational institutions in the United States. For example, specific courses accepted for college-level credit by an accredited U.S. college or university, or foreign education evaluated by an organization recognized for accreditation by the Department of Education as education equivalent to that gained in an accredited U.S. college or university. It is your responsibility to provide such evidence with your application. For more information on Recognition of Foreign Qualifications, click here.
LICENSURE - You must submit a copy of your Bar license for a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
QUALIFICATIONS: All applicants must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements criteria by the closing date of this announcement.