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    This position is located in the Office of the Secretary, Office of the General Counsel, Office of the Chief Counsel for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (OCC/NIST).  OCC/NIST provides intellectual property counsel and representation to the Department of Commerce, and legal guidance, representation and management assistance to its 3,000-employee National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).  

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    NIST promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve quality of life. NIST’s broad scope and technical expertise are matched by few other laboratories in the world. Its programs are at the scientific forefront nationally and internationally and provide an essential contribution in support of industry, academia, and other government entities. NIST’s organizations consist of six research Operating Units (Laboratories), four Innovation and Industry Services Operating Units, and several Management Resources Operating Units.

    The Attorney(s) will be hired at the GS-14 or GS-15 grade levels, depending on experience.  The promotion potential for this position is GS-15 level.

    OCC/NIST's team of General Attorneys nimbly advise on a range of legal issues and cases of moderate to extreme complexity in nature where the factual situation is often complicated and clear precedents are not readily available or apparent. Intellectual property and technology transfer experience are highly desired. Anticipated duties include providing legal advice and support in some or all of the following areas:

    • Implementation of the Bayh-Dole Act, which deals with inventions arising from federally-funded research. Duties will include interpretation and periodic update of the Bayh-Dole Act implementing regulations at 37 CFR Part 401.
    • Determination of rights in inventions made by federal employees, and advising the Undersecretary for Commerce in deciding appeals of determinations of rights in inventions made by federal employees under 37 CFR Part 501.
    • Implementation of the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act, including development and review of Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) under 15 USC 3710a.
    • Support for the National Technical Information Service, including development and review of agreements with other federal agencies and agreements made under its joint venture partner authority at 15 USC 3704b.
    • Development and implementation of prize competitions under 15 USC 3719.
    • Development and review of other types of agreements, including copyright permissions, software terms of service, material transfer agreements, data transfer agreements, Memoranda of Understanding/Agreement, patent licenses, and other technology transfer or research agreements.
    • Resolution of issues related to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (“Common Rule”), the Privacy Act, and other statutes, regulations, and Executive Orders related to data and privacy protections.
    • Support for NIST’s programs related to cybersecurity, privacy, and artificial intelligence.
    • Support for NIST programs related to supply chain and advanced manufacturing, particularly the Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership Program and Manufacturing USA and working with the Department of Commerce Federal Assistance Law Division on Notices of Funding Opportunities related to these programs.
    • Working with and coordinating with other legal offices within the Department of Commerce regarding development and review of agreements with other federal agencies, implementation of the Freedom of Information Act, implementation of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, and Real Property issues related to the National Historic Preservation Act and National Environmental Policy Act.
    • Providing information sessions to educate NIST staff about intellectual property protection.
    • Providing litigation support to the Department of Justice regarding intellectual property matters pertaining to NIST.

    Travel Required

    50% or less - Travel may be required within or outside of the local commuting area.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential

    15 - If you are selected for a position with further promotion potential, you may be non-competitively promoted if you perform successfully and if recommended by management.

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