Are you interested in a rewarding and challenging career? Join the U.S. Department of Justice! Join us in serving the United States with honor and integrity!!
THIS POSITION IS OPEN UNTIL FILLED. Once a selection has been made, the announcement will be closed.
The Civil Division, with more than 1,000 Attorneys and 14 litigating components, represents the United States, its departments and agencies, Members of Congress, Cabinet and other Federal employees.
The Intellectual Property Staff of the Commercial Litigation Branch, Civil Division, primarily defends the United States against allegations of patent and copyright infringement in the United States Court of Federal Claims and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The Branch occasionally represents the Government in a variety of proceedings before the Patent and Trademark Office, the district courts, and the courts of appeals.
- Occasional Travel
- You may be expected to travel for this position.
Applicants must be a graduate from a full course of study in a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), have at least two years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-13 level; have at least three years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-14 level; and four years of post J.D. experience to qualify at the GS-15 level. You must also be a U.S. citizen. Applicants should have excellent writing, negotiation, and interpersonal skills; exhibit good judgment, and have experience in trial work. Judicial clerkship experience is desirable. Patent litigation experience is highly desirable.
Time-in-Grade: Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements for consideration.
All academic degrees and coursework must be completed at a college or university that has obtained accreditation or pre-accreditation status from an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For a list of schools that meet this criteria, see www.ed.gov.
Education completed in foreign colleges or universities may be used to meet the above education requirements if you can show that the foreign education is comparable to that received in an accredited educational institution in the United States. It is your responsibility to timely provide such evidence by submitting proof of creditability of education as evaluated by a credentialing agency with your application materials. More information may be found at https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
All documentation must be in English or include an English translation. https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ous/international/usnei/us/edlite-visitus-forrecog.html.
YOUR RESUME MUST provide specific details as to how your experience meets the specialized experience as described in the vacancy announcement if you are using experience to meet all or part of the qualification requirements. Please ensure that your resume includes the month and year that you began and ended each position held or that position will not be credited toward meeting the specialized experience requirement. Full-time employment will be assumed unless otherwise stated on your resume. Part-time employment will be prorated in crediting experience. Failure to provide details will result in an ineligible rating.
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As a Patent Attorney GS-1222-13/14/15~ , your typical work assignments may include the following:
The Intellectual Property Section has a position for an attorney who will be responsible for the conduct of all phases of litigation, from case development through trial and any appeals. The majority of the cases will be patent cases, where the attorney will be expected to develop an understanding of the technology at issue and work with highly skilled experts in the development of legal positions. The incumbent may also be assigned to cases involving copyright infringement, trademark infringement or misappropriation of trade secrets. Other assignments may include preparation of legal opinions and assistance in development of government policy.