Attorney Examiner (Administrative Trademark Judge)

Alexandria, Virginia
Aug 24, 2018
Aug 24, 2018
Full Time

Not required

Relocation expenses reimbursed No

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Your resume and question responses must demonstrate the job-related PTQs
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (
  • Law Degree and Member in good standing of a state, DC or Puerto Rico Bar
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check
  • You must submit one writing sample (up to 20 pages)
  • You must be a U.S. citizen to qualify for this position.

    You will need to successfully complete a background security investigation before you can be appointed to this position.

    You must have significant, specialized experience at a level close to the work of this job that has given you the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully perform in the position. Typically we would find this experience in work within the Trademark field or general IP field with a significant Trademark component and would be acquired over an extended period in the private practice of IP law, in IP-related government positions, or similar legal work.

    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.

    Due to the complexity of the position, the Attorney Examiner (Administrative Trademark Judge) must possess a law degree. Additionally, the Attorney Examiner (Administrative Trademark Judge) must be a member in good standing of the Bar in any state, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or any territorial court under the Constitution.

    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. Visit the Selective Service System website for details.

    This is a Non-Bargaining Unit position. This is a Public Trust position and has a risk level designation of "high." Background Investigation - If selected for this position, you may be required to complete a Declaration for Federal Employment (OF-306) to determine your suitability for Federal employment by authorizing fingerprinting, a credit check and a background investigation.

    Probationary Period - If selected, you will be required to complete a one-year probationary period.

    All Federal employees must receive salary payments by direct deposit.

    Drug Testing - All applicants tentatively selected for this position may be required to submit to a drug test to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and, if appointed, the individual will be subjected to random drug testing procedures. All appointments are contingent upon a negative drug test result.

    Relocation to Alexandria, Virginia required, but position is telework eligible.  Relocation expenses will not be paid

    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 USPTO participates in E-VERIFY. For more information on E-Verify, please visit here.

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

    Federal agencies, including the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), must provide reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. USPTO job applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should request accommodation(s) from the USPTO at Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

    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.

    Applicants must clearly demonstrate in their application materials that they possess technical attributes in the PTQs. Your resume or other application materials must demonstrate that you possess the required qualifications.

    Professional Technical Qualifications: Failure to demonstrate possession of each of these qualifications will adversely affect your rating.

    1) Training and experience leading to a thorough knowledge of historical trademark law concepts, the Trademark Act, The Trademark Rules of Practice, The Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, The Federal Rules of Evidence, trademark assignments and licensing, common law governing the acquisition of ownership rights of marks, and precedential decisions of the courts and the Board. 

    2) Experience demonstrating an ability to sift through pleadings, motions and exhibits thereto, testimony depositions and exhibits thereto, interrogatories and other discovery requests and responses thereto, documentary evidence filed by notice of reliance, and legal briefs, all to find the important facts in a case and to apply pertinent statutory and case law to those facts.

    3) Demonstrated ability to write clearly, accurately and concisely; in particular the ability to state clearly the material facts in a case, the law to be applied and the reasons supporting the decision in a straightforward manner. 

    Applicants must also provide a response to the following job related question.

    1) Demonstrated ability to manage multiple competing priorities, including assigned work and collaborative work with others, while meeting prescribed deadlines, productivity goals and quality standards. 

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    Read more Security clearance Public Trust - Background Investigation

    Drug test required No

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