As required by Executive Order 14043, Federal employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee's duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by November 22, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with the agency, if after November 22. The agency will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of the agency a legally required exception from this requirement. Contact the USPTO's Office of Equal Employment and Diversity at (571) 272-8292 or OEEOD@uspto.gov for information on obtaining an exception to the requirement.
USPTO is currently operating in a maximum telework status. When regular operations resume, this position will be eligible for full-time remote work from any location in the fifty United States (including the District of Colombia and Puerto Rico) with a duty station of Alexandria, Va. If the selectee's remote worksite is within 50 miles of USPTO's Alexandria, Va. headquarters, there will be no regular reporting requirement. If the selectee's remote worksite is further than 50 miles from USPTO's Alexandria, Va., headquarters, then the selectee will be required to report to USPTO's Alexandria, Va. headquarters two days per bi-week in order to maintain the Alexandria, Va. duty station."
This position is located in the Office of the General Counsel, Office of General Law (OGL).
OGL is looking to hire one or more experienced attorneys. OGL is responsible for representing and advising management on a broad range of issues involving administration and management of the USPTO, other than those concerning intellectual property litigation and policy. OGL attorneys represent the USPTO in litigation proceedings and/or provide advice and legal opinions on matters including information law (FOIA - including duties as USPTO FOIA Officers, privacy, records management, social media), administrative law (fiscal/rulemaking), employment law, personnel and labor law, investigations, and procurement.
Every office within the USPTO contributes to the agency's mission of furthering innovation. In doing so, OGL prides itself on delivering legal advice to clients that is fast, right, and aware. OGL attorneys work closely with clients, and get involved early in projects, in order to ensure that important agency work is accomplished successfully with any legal issues appropriately handled. In order to maintain consistent high-quality service, OGL promotes an environment of continuous improvement, high standards, and collegiality. We look forward to meeting applicants who share these values.
At the full performance level, the individual selected for this position will be responsible primarily for Federal fiscal law and 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 the Principles of Federal Appropriations Law, as well as acquisitions and procurements within the USPTO. Provide advice on proper use of USPTO funds. 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 Federal Appropriations Laws, 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.
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed resume.
Please Note: Writing samples may be requested prior to being interviewed.
Your resume and any other supporting documentation will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you.
Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the "Required Documents" section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).
A complete application consists of the following Supporting Documents:
1. A resume or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications; optional cover letter: Your resume should indicate your citizenship and should list your educational and work experience including titles, salary, employment dates, duties, experience and how it relates to the specialized experience in the job announcement.
2. Transcripts: You MUST submit copies of your Law School transcripts for verification of the education requirements. Unofficial copies are accepted, however, if selected you will be required to furnish official transcripts. It is your responsibility to provide adequate proof that you meet the above educational requirement. Inadequate or illegible information could result in non-qualification and loss of consideration.
3. Bar Membership Documentation: You MUST submit documentation showing that you are an active member of the Bar in Good Standing of any State, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or any Territorial Court under the U.S. Constitution. Examples of acceptable bar membership may include one of the following: Certificate of Good Standing, Copy of Bar Card, or a Screen Shot from Attorney Registry from state currently licensed.
4. Veterans' Preference Documentation, if applicable: positions are in the excepted service, not the competitive civil service. There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the USPTO considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor consideration in the hiring process. If you are eligible for veterans' preference in hiring, you are encouraged to include that information in your application along with the supporting documentation, e.g., SF-15, DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, or other supporting documentation. You may also find more information on positive consideration for attorney hiring.
You can upload your documents when you register or update your information on the Dept. of Commerce site which you access through the USAJobs site.
Your application and all required documents must be received by 11:59 pm ET on the closing date of this job announcement. NOTE: The preceding documents requirement are based on job requirements and individual applicant eligibility. Not all documents are applicable to all applicants; if you are unsure which documents apply to you, contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement.
You MUST apply online. If you experience difficulties with the application process or do not have access to a computer, please contact the HR Specialist listed as the point of contact before the closing date of this job announcement.
If you are a new user to the USAJobs Site and have never registered for an account; you will first need to create an account profile with your basic contact information and a resume to begin applying. You must be a registered USAJobs user AND you must be signed-in to your account in order to apply for this position. For help setting up an account or for general help using USAJobs, go to USAJobs Help Page. Once you have gathered all of the required information and are ready to begin the application process, click the "APPLY" button at the right side of the page. You will then be directed away from USAJobs to the Department of Commerce application site for USPTO. You must click "Submit" at the end of the application process to send your application for consideration.
To return to your saved application, log in to your USAJOBS account at http://www.usajobs.gov/ and click on "Applications." Click on the position title, then select "Update Application."
If you experience any difficulties with the application site, help is available! OPM has a Help feature on each page. Use this option when you need assistance.
All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the USAJobs "Saved Documents" feature.
Personally Identifiable Information (PII)
Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is defined as information that can be traced back to a specific individual and potentially compromise their security or privacy. Examples of PII include: date of birth, Social Security Number, and place of birth.
Please ensure that you have removed all Personally Identifiable Information from all documents prior to submitting or uploading your applications material.
You will receive a notice generated by the USAJobs System when you have successfully submitted your application.
You will be notified of your application status through USAJOBS at four points during the hiring process, as applicable. You can check the status of your application by accessing the USAJOBS website at http://usajobs.gov/ and clicking on "Track Your Online Application." The four points of notification are:
1. Application Received or Application Incomplete;
2. Minimum Qualification Requirement Met or Minimum Qualification Requirement Not Met;
3. Eligible (Application Referred to the Selecting Official) or Eligible (Application Not Referred to the Selecting Official); and
4. Selected or Not Selected
After all application packages have been received, we will review your application and transcript(s) (if you are qualifying based on education) to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and you may be contacted for follow-up supplemental documentation. It is the applicant's responsibility to provide any supplemental documents or information requested by the Office of Human Resources within the allocated timeframes.
You will be required to submit official documentation prior to appointment. The agency will then verify the information provided on your application (i.e., degree, veterans' preference, disability, etc.).You can check the status of your application by logging into USAJOBS. You may also sign up to receive automatic emails anytime the status of your application has changed by logging into your USAJobs Account, editing your profile and changing the "Notification Settings" to indicate that you want to be notified by email when the status changes. Information regarding the status of your application should be updated in the system within 2 weeks after the closing date of this job announcement.