Director for Trademark Register Protection

Alexandria, Virginia
Sep 27, 2022
Oct 05, 2022
Executive, Director
Full Time

As Director of the Trademark Register Protection Office (Director), you'll be the catalyst and critical thought leader for the Office by developing programs and policies that address and prevent fraud, violations of USPTO rules of practices, and inaccurate claims of use.

If you're inspired and up for an exciting challenge, join the dynamic, skilled and collaborative team located in the Trademarks' Register Protection Office, Office of the Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Examination Policy (DCTEP). The DCTEP is responsible for developing and administering trademark regulations that implement examination policy and procedures.

Imagine as the Director, you'll contribute to the execution of a multi-part strategy to ensure that the registrations the USPTO issues are valid and enforceable ?.

You'll be on the cutting edge of planning for the development and formulation of new initiatives, practices and procedures to fight fraud, as well as revising existing initiatives, practices and procedures.

You'll oversee and direct the activities and resources of the Trademark Register Protection Office that includes the Special Task Force for Improper Activities, the Post-Registration Audit unit, and Trademark Modernization Act nonuse cancellation proceeding examination unit.

And that's not all

In this role you will be responsible for conducting stakeholder consultations to introduce initiatives and collect public feedback, and evaluating public input to determine next steps.

You'll provide high quality speeches and communications to stakeholders about the Register Protection Program and initiatives, and develop metrics to demonstrate the impact of the initiatives.

You'll provide legal counsel to senior leadership on complex, controversial, and visible legal matters.

Join us at the agency unleashing America's Potential! The physical worksite for this position is located in Alexandria, VA. However, this position is telework eligible in accordance with the unit's telework policy.


Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • If selected, you may be required to complete a two year probationary period.
  • Financial Disclosure Report (OGE-278) will be required upon appointment.


To meet the minimum requirements for this position, candidates must demonstrate their experience in their narrative responses to the Professional Technical Qualifications (PTQs) questions and all narrative responses must be fully supported within their resume. *Applicants must use the USA Jobs text boxes to submit their narrative responses to the PTQs. Do not write "see resume" or "see attached documents". Each PTQ has a 10,000-character limit (to include spaces) that must be adhered to. Uploaded documents addressing the PTQs will not be accepted.

Experience must have been at a sufficiently high level of difficulty to clearly show that the candidate possesses the required professional/technical qualifications set forth below.

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.

Professional Technical Qualifications: Applicants must clearly demonstrate in their application materials that they possess technical attributes in the PTQs.

The PTQs for this position are:

1.Demonstrated ability to plan and execute high level programs and/or projects that are highly specialized and impact the agency or organization level. This includes setting vision and strategy, making decisions and influencing others, having a direct and major impact on the quality of the program or project results.

2. Demonstrated ability in developing examination or investigation processes and workflow.

3. Demonstrated expertise in trademark law, policy, and practice, including trademark examination policy and practice.


  • J.D. or LL.B. degree --AND--
  • Active membership of the bar in good standing in any state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Additional information

Probationary Period: You will be required to serve a two-year probationary period.

This is a Non-Bargaining Unit position.

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

All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.

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.

The Ethics in Government Act of 1978, as amended, requires senior officials in the executive, legislative and judicial branches to file public reports of their finances as well as other interests outside the Government. If selected for this position you will be required to file a Financial Disclosure Report (OGE Form 278).

The OGE 278 is available to the public. The primary purpose of disclosure is to assist agencies in identifying potential conflicts of interest between a filer's official duties and the filer's private financial interests and affiliations.

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 ( or phone (571-272-8292).