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Attorney (Intellectual Property)

Washington, D.C
Closing date
Nov 25, 2023

  • Conducts legal research and prepares written material for use in representing the Postal Service and advising postal management officials.
  • Participates in conferences necessary to representing or advising Postal Service officials.
  • Directly advises postal management officials and represents the Postal Service in legal matters involving outside parties.
  • Prepares replies to inquiries from Congress, government agencies, and the public.
  • Prepares opinions, memoranda, decisions, regulations, testimonies, or formal filings in proceedings in which the Postal Service is a party.

  • Requirements

    Conditions of Employment

    Key Requirements
    • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
    Other Conditions of Employment

    The Postal Service has one of the world's largest non-military physical and logistical networks, providing an ever-changing and evolving nationwide communication system that serves over 163 million addresses in every community in the United States.
    The IP attorneys support this effort by providing legal counsel to the Postal Service on a variety of intellectual property matters including:
    • technology matters, including negotiating software agreements and licenses, technology transfer and data purchase or sale agreements, API terms, platform terms and other agreements relating to information technology.
    • the selection, registration, maintenance, portfolio management, and enforcement of trademarks, patents, and copyright.
    • clearance and pre-publication review of media and marketing materials, products, and services to avoid issues relating to copyright, trademark, and rights of privacy or publicity.
    The successful candidate must demonstrate expertise in one or more of the following subjects: technology licensing, trade secrets law, trademark, patent, or copyright.

    The selected attorney may also be asked to advise on matters relating to enforcement of intellectual property rights; patent and other intellectual property litigation; Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) cases; Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA); domain name disputes; and the rules and regulations of the United States Patent and Trademark Office; and other matters relating to intellectual property. This position involves little, if any, litigation, but the incumbent may act as a subject matter expert on cases involving intellectual property.

    The Postal Service offers a sophisticated intellectual property practice involving a wide range of complex matters and the opportunity to work for an organization providing a vital public service to the United States.


  • Ability to prepare pretrial briefs, motions, pleadings, responses and other documents to present the issues independently with little or no direct supervision.
  • Ability to provide legal advice and services with respect to regulations, practices, or other legal matters, and formulate opinions involving the analysis and interpretation of federal, state and local laws.
  • Ability to litigate cases before administrative bodies and federal courts.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing to include the ability to negotiate with third parties on behalf of clients and prepare legal documents and presentations.
  • Ability to conduct legal research to gather and interpret information and ensure accuracy of details using resources such as internal and external documents, archives, electronic databases, and interviews.
  • EDUCATION REQUIREMENT: To be eligible for the Attorney position, you must possess a Juris Doctorate from an American Bar Association accredited law school.
  • SPECIAL CONDITION: Qualified applicants must be a current member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico Bar Association.
  • EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENT: At least 3 years of experience in legal practice, of which one year of the experience requirement may be met through the completion of a judicial clerkship if completed by the time of hire. The clerkship must be documented in the applicant's resume.
  • Experience practicing intellectual property law, to include but not limited to trademark, copyright, rights of publicity, patents, and/or trade secrets.
  • Qualified applicant must successfully pass a drug screening.


    Please read the "Qualifications" section.

    Additional information


    The salary will be based on previous experience, and current postal pay policies. We offer excellent benefits including health and life insurance, retirement plan, savings/investment plan with employer contribution, flexible spending, flextime scheduling of core work hours, annual and sick leave.

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