We are seeking highly motivated professionals to join our team. If you want challenging work and a chance to make a big impact, come join us at the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Commerce! We improve the effectiveness of the Department's programs and operations. We also investigate waste, fraud, and abuse in the Department and those who do business with it.
As a Patent Attorney, you will:
Provide recommendations on audit and evaluation planning around programs and processes including identification of challenges in trademark and patent programs facing the Department.
Review technical publications and attend technical committee meetings, conferences, and Congressional hearings on intellectual property.
Provide technical guidance to auditors and program analysts performing financial, performance, and compliance audits and evaluations to support oversight planning, audit conclusions, findings, and recommendations and ensuring that necessary information is contained within audit working papers.
Work as a team member on patent and trademark audits and evaluations. This may include attending interviews; drafting technical interview questions; documenting meetings; analyzing technical documents; drafting supporting work papers; and drafting and reviewing audit and evaluation reports to include development of impactful findings and recommendations.
Develop intellectual property portion of the annual Top Management and Performance Challenges Facing the Department of Commerce.
*****There is ONE position available located in either Washington, DC or Alexandria, VA. Duty Station will be determined after selection.*****
Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required.
Job family (Series)
1222 Patent Attorney
Conditions of Employment
Please refer to "Conditions of Employment."
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Must be U.S. Citizens or U.S. Nationals.
The experience may have been gained in either the public, private sector or volunteer service. One year of experience refers to full-time work; part-time work is considered on a prorated basis. To ensure full credit for your work experience, please indicate dates of employment by month/day/year, and indicate number of hours worked per week on your resume.
You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.
Possess a Juris Doctor (J.D.) or Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school.
Be a current Bar member with the ABA, in good standing of any state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or any U.S. territory.
Possess professional legal/law experience, post J.D. or LL.M. within the federal government, a law firm or private industry.
Mandatory Qualifications Requirements:
To meet minimum qualifications, applicants must possess the following professional technical competencies. These competencies would typically be gained through experience, education, and training that reflects progressive development and achievement in advanced patent and trademark experience for a nationwide program or organization. An individual’s total experience and education must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position.
A. Professional Technical Qualifications – All applicants must include a narrative statement showing how their knowledge and experience relates to the following professional technical qualifications. The narrative statement should not exceed two pages for each qualification.
Describe your demonstrated advanced patent and trademark knowledge related to compliance with standards, statutory and case law, authoritative interpretation of legal precedents, and understanding concepts and techniques associated with the patent and trademark examination process.
Describe your demonstrated ability to conduct audits, evaluations, special projects, and/or other work assignments associated with intellectual property and USPTO.
Describe your demonstrated ability to meet and reach consensus on complex issues with individuals, groups, and high-level officials within and outside the agency, and the ability to appropriately support the position of the organization when disagreements occur.
Structure your PTQ statements in terms of actions you have taken, the context or environment in which the action was taken and the outcome or results of those actions (Challenge - Context - Action - Result (C-C-A-R) Model).
Challenge. Describe a specific problem or goal.
Context. Talk about the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to tackle a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).
Action. Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.
Result. Give specific examples of the results of your actions. These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.
A. Successful completion of bachelor's degree with major in a scientific, technological or engineering degree that is pertinent to the position; AND
B. Possess a Juris Doctor (J.D.) or Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school.
The education generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
- We may select from this announcement or any other source to fill one or more vacancies.
- Relocation expenses are NOT authorized.
- This is a non-bargaining unit position.
- A recruitment incentive may be offered.
- Student loan repayment may be offered.
- We offer opportunities for telework.
- We offer opportunities for flexible work schedules.
- A one year trial period may be required.
- Must successfully complete a background investigation.
- Complete a Declaration for Federal Employment to determine your suitability for Federal employment, at the time requested by the agency.
- If you are a male applicant born after December 31, 1959, certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System or are exempt from having to do so.
- Have your salary sent to a financial institution of your choice by Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer.
- Go through a Personal Identity Verification (PIV) process that requires two forms of identification from the Form I-9. Federal law requires verification of the identity and employment eligibility of all new hires in the U.S.
- Submit to a drug test prior to your appointment and random drug testing while you occupy the position.
- Obtain and use a Government-issued charge card for business-related travel.
- File a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report within 30 days of appointment and annually from then on.
How You Will Be Evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your application includes your resume, responses to the online questions, responses to the Professional Technical Qualifications, and required supporting documents. Please be sure that your resume includes detailed information to support your qualifications for this position; failure to provide sufficient evidence in your resume may result in a “not qualified” determination.
Your application will be evaluated in the following areas:
If you are among the top qualified candidates, you will be evaluated by a panel of senior employees to determine the degree to which you possess the above Professional Technical Qualifications. As part of the assessment and selection process, the selecting official may invite you to participate in a structured interview and provide a writing sample or written assessment/exercise to further evaluate your qualifications for this position. References may also be checked after all assessment materials are reviewed.
If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee (eligible for the Career Transition Assistance Plan (CTAP)/Interagency Career Transition Assistance Plan (ICTAP)) you must be assigned the middle category or better to be rated as “well qualified" to receive special selection priority.
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Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
A complete application includes 1. A resume, 2. Vacancy question responses, 3. Professional Technical Qualification responses, and 4. Submission of any required documents. Please note that if you do not provide all required information, as specified in this announcement, you may not be considered for this position (or may not receive the special consideration for which you may be eligible).
All applicants are required to submit a resume either by creating one in USAJOBS or uploading one of their own choosing. (Cover letters are optional.) To receive full credit for relevant experience, please list the month/date/year and number of hours worked for experience listed on your resume. We suggest that you preview the online questions, as you may need to customize your resume to ensure that it supports your responses to these questions. Please view resume tips.
VETERANS' PREFERENCE DOCUMENTATION:
If you are claiming veterans' preference, please see applicant guide for required documentation. In order to be considered for veterans preference, you must submit all required documentation as outlined in the applicant guide.
CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (CTAP) OR INTERAGENCY CAREER TRANSITION ASSISTANCE PLAN (ICTAP) DOCUMENTATION: If you are a displaced or surplus Federal employee, click CTAP/ICTAP for eligibility and a detailed list of required documents.
For positions with an education requirement, or if you are qualifying for this position by substituting education or training for experience, the applicant must submit an official transcript, unofficial transcript, or a list of courses that includes the name of the accredited institution, grades earned, completion dates, and hours earned. The applicant’s official transcript(s) must be received prior to extension of a final job offer.
A college or university degree generally must be from an accredited (or pre-accredited) college or university recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools which meet these criteria, please refer to Department of Education Accreditation page.
If you are qualifying based on foreign education, you must submit proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency, if you are selected. Refer to the OPM instructions.
In addition, we recommend that you submit copies of the following:
Current membership, in good standing, with the American Bar Association documentation.
A career with the U.S. Government provides employees with a comprehensive benefits package. As a federal employee, you and your family will have access to a range of benefits that are designed to make your federal career very rewarding. Learn more about federal benefits.
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Additional benefits available are flexible work schedules, transportation subsidy, fitness center, child-care facility, career development with a generous training program, credit union, etc.
Metrobus transit services in Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia communities, car pools/van pools and more.
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This job is open to
U.S. citizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the U.S.
Clarification from the agency
U.S. citizens or U.S. Nationals; no prior Federal experience is required.