Patent and Trademark Office Attorney Advisor (EX) in Alexandria, Virginia
Patent and Trademark Office
Few vacancies in the following location:
- Alexandria, VA
Work Schedule is This is a Full-Time, Permanent - Excepted Service Appointment.
Opened Monday 10/17/2016 (4 day(s) ago)
** Closes Monday 10/31/2016 (10 day(s) away)
About the Agency
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. Our efforts have provided inventors exclusive rights over their discoveries. It's an effort that continues to contribute to a strong global economy, to encourage investment in innovation and to cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit for the 21st century. The USPTO is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, and has over 12,000 employees, including engineers, scientists, attorneys, analysts, IT specialists, etc. all dedicated to accomplishing the USPTO’s mission, vision, strategic goals and guiding principles. For more information about the USPTO, please visit the USPTO Careers Website.
These positions are located in the Office of the Commissioner for Trademarks, Trademark Examining Groups.
These positions are telework eligible; however telework will notbe immediately available.
The individual selected for this position will be responsible for the complete examination of applications for the registration of trademarks to ensure compliance with the Trademark Act of 1946 and related statutes. Issues that may arise during the examination include: likelihood of confusion, ownership, use of the mark in commerce, descriptive or generic uses of the mark, acquired distinctiveness, functionality and/or ornamentation. You will conduct the review of applications which may pose complex factual and legal questions; analyze the record; evaluate facts; and determine questions of law. You will approve a mark for publication for opposition or issue the final position of the Agency. You will communicate with mark owners or outside counsel in order to resolve issues that arise during examination. You will prepare cases for ex parte appeal to the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.
- Not Required
- You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
- You must possess a Law Degree and an active bar membership of any state.
- Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
- Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov)
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has not issued qualification standards for attorney positions. USPTO sets minimum qualifications for attorney positions and sets forth these qualifications in each vacancy announcement.
To be eligible for this position, you must:
*1. Be aformer USPTO Trademark Examining Attorney or CTAP eligible candidate.*
2. Be a U.S. Citizen or National
3. Meet the following education requirements: possess a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree or Master of Laws (LL.M.) from an American Bar Association accredited law school.
4. Be a current member of the Bar in Good Standing of any state, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or any U.S. territory.
In addition to the eligibility requirement listed above, you must have:
At the GS 12 grade level: One (1) year of professional legal experience listed below and one (1) year of qualifying specialized experience described as:
GS-12:Experience with the review of numerous trademark applications and/or prospective applications, including oral and written communications with law professionals and laypersons on the subjects of trademark law and the federal application and registration process, and the drafting and issuance of Office actions and/or responses to Office actions.
At the GS 13 grade level:
Two (2) years of professional legal experience listed below and one (1) year of qualifying specialized experience described as:
GS-13: Experience with the review of a significant number of trademark applications and/or prospective applications, including oral and written communications with law professionals and laypersons on the subjects of trademark law and the federal application and registration process, and the independent drafting and issuance of Office actions and/or responses to Office actions.
At the GS 14 grade level: Three (3) years of professional legal experience listed below and one (1) year of qualifying specialized experience described as:
GS14: Experience with the review of a substantial number of trademark applications and/or prospective applications, including oral and written communications with law professionals and laypersons on the subjects of trademark law and the federal application and registration process, and the independent drafting and issuance of Office actions and/or responses to Office actions; and Experience with the independent review of trademark applications or prospective applications in all international classes; and Experience with the independent review of difficult and complex trademark applications or prospective applications, including certification marks, collective membership marks, non-traditional marks (e.g., marks involving three-dimensional configurations, colors, and scents).
Professional Legal/Law Experience (GS-12/13/14): Professional legal/law experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies to perform successfully the duties of the position to be filled in the area of Trademark Law. 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; determines questions of law; studies, analyzes and evaluates 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.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
To meet minimum eligibility requirements for this position, applicants must possess at least a Masters of Laws (LL.M.) degree or Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from an ABA accredited law school.
Public Trust - Background Investigation
What To Expect Next
You will receive a notice generated by the USAJobs System when you have successfully submitted your application.
You will also receive notification through USAJOBS at each of the following points during the application process: (1) application received; (2) applicant assessed for qualifications; (3) applicant referred or not referred; 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.
Failure to submit requested documents or information within 5 business days of receiving the request may result in your application not receiving further consideration.
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.
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*Reasonable Accommodation Policy Statement *Federal agencies, including the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. USPTO job applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should request accommodation(s) from the USPTO at http://www.uspto.gov/accommodation. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Applicants applying for this position must be a United States Citizen.
If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System. If you are exempt from registration under Selective Service Law, you must provide appropriate proof of exemption. Please visit the Selective Service System website for more information.
This is a Bargaining Unit position.
This is a Public Trust position and has a risk level designation of “moderate”.
Except as prohibited by law, all applicants tentatively selected for positions needing a Top Secret Clearance will be required to submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and, if appointed, the incumbent will be subjected to random drug testing procedures.
Background Investigation - If selected for this position, you may be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306), which includes a fingerprint and credit check, to determine your suitability for Federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.
The USPTO participates in E-Verify. For more information on E-Verify, please visit the Department of Homeland Security Website.
Trial Period- If selected, you may be required to complete a one or two year trial period.
All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.
Relocation Expenses are not authorized and will not be paid.
Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) will be eligible if it is determined that they have exceeded the minimum qualifications for the position. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management’s Career Transition Resources website
CTAP/ICTAP documentation requirements are listed in the ‘Required Documents’ section of this announcement.
More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.
All application materials become the property of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors. If you believe that you have been discriminated against and would like to file an EEO complaint, you must do so within 45 days of the date of the alleged discriminatory act. Claims of employment discrimination must be submitted to the attention of the USPTO’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity & Diversity via email (email@example.com) or phone (571-272-8292).
Salary Range: $77,490.00 to $141,555.00 / Per Year
Series & Grade: GS-0905-12/14
Promotion Potential: 14
Supervisory Status: No
Control Number: 453536000
Job Announcement Number: TMO-2017-0005