Senior Counsel for China Intellectual Property Policy

Alexandria, Virginia
Aug 14, 2018
Aug 14, 2018
Full Time

Occasional travel - 30 percent of travel may be required.

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance.
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  • You must possess a law degree from an accredited law school.
  • Member in good standing of a state, U.S. territory, DC or Puerto Rico Bar.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • You must be a U.S. Citizen; you must be a member in good standing of the bar of a state or territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico bar; you must provide a copy of your law degree transcripts; your resume and responses must demonstrate the job related PTQ's; you must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance

    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 Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs). The PTQs for this position are:

    1. Knowledge of a wide variety of international matters, particularly issues related to China IP and civil law matters.  Comprehensive knowledge of international intellectual property/trade organizations and procedures.  Demonstrated ability to operate successfully in an international arena.
    2. Competency in directing and evaluating the activities of a significant organizational unit.  Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain positive working relationships; delegate assignments; direct work among subordinate groups and individuals; and resolve conflicts and attend to morale and organizational climate issues.
    3. Demonstrated excellent legal analysis, writing and editing skills.  Ability to express orally and in writing complex legal issues.

    You must be a graduate from a law school (law degree) accredited by the American Bar Association.

    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

    You will be required to submit an OGE 278 Financial Disclosure Form upon appointment.

    You must be able to obtain and maintain a Top Secret clearance.

    There is a drug testing requirement for this position.

    A recruitment and/or relocation incentive may not be authorized.

    Background Investigation - If selected for this position, you will 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

    Probationary Period- If selected, you may be required to complete an initial two-year probationary period.

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

    Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transaction 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 by attaining a minimum rating of 85 out of 100.  Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility is on the Office of Personnel Management's Career Transition Resources website at:  CTAP/ICTAP documentation requirements are listed in the 'Required Documents' section of this announcement.

    All application materials become the property of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

    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).

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    You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.

    In order to be considered for this position you must demonstrate in your application materials that you possess the managerial attributes in the Professional/Technical Qualifications (PTQs).

    Your responses to the PTQs and resume will be evaluated by a Human Resources Specialist and/or a subject matter expert. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you or for changing your scored responses to qualifications you've indicated, which may affect your overall final score. Please note that a complete application is required for consideration. (Please review the "Required Documents" section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).

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    Read more Security clearance Top Secret

    Drug test required Yes

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