Attorney Advisor

Employer
USAJobs
Location
Alexandria, Virginia
Posted
Nov 17, 2020
Closes
Nov 24, 2020
Hours
Full Time
Duties

Summary

Come work for the USPTO, we have been ranked as one of the best places to work in the federal government! The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been serving the economic interests of America for more than 200 years. We are responsible for granting US intellectual property rights for patents and trademarks. The USPTO is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, and has over 12,000 employees. For more information about the USPTO, please visit the USPTO Jobs Website .

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Responsibilities

During the current period of mandatory telework required by the Agency's COVID-19 response, telework will be mandatory. When it is determined the Agency will be moving to the reopening phase, the expectation will be to physically return to the office at the USPTO - Alexandria, VA campus. Telework days and any waiting period for eligibility will be determined at that time.

This position is located in the Office of Enrollment and Discipline in the Office of General Counsel.

Incumbent is responsible for the following:
  • Completing investigations, preparations, arguments and general conduct of the full range of highly controversial disciplinary cases involving ethical and legal considerations, which require extensive research and analysis and investigating the good moral character and reputation of candidates seeking recognition to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Coordinating and assisting with preparing a nationwide examination of the candidate's proficiency in patent law and USPTO office regulations, policies, and procedures to be registered as a patent attorney or agent.
  • Eliciting and evaluating evidence and testimony; preparing letters, interrogatories, formal complaints (37 CFR 11.34) and other documentation, including drafting decisions affecting the enrollment of attorneys and agents.
  • Interviewing complainants, practitioners and others having knowledge material to an investigation or disciplinary proceeding.
  • Preparing disciplinary matters for presentation to the Committee on Discipline for a probable cause determination; and adjudicating petitions for reinstatement from practitioners who have been suspended or excluded from practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Adjudicating registration applications and petitions having highly complex factual or legal issues which involve the interpretation and application of legislation and regulations and which require a high order of original and creative legal endeavor in order to obtain a reasonable balance of conflicting public and private interests.
  • Conducting outreach efforts to educate the public and patent and trademark practitioners on applicable professional standards and best practices.
  • Assisting with developing policies and procedures for the preparation and submission of the online registration statement, which is to be submitted by practitioners who practice before the USPTO in patent matters.


Travel Required

Occasional travel - Occasional travel may be required (less than 10%).

Supervisory status
No

Promotion Potential
15

Requirements

Conditions of Employment

  • You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
  • You must meet the definition of professional and specialized experience.
  • You must possess a Law Degree and an active bar membership of any state.
  • Required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
  • Must be registered for Selective Service, if applicable (www.sss.gov)


Must be a U.S. Citizen

Must possess an active bar membership in good standing in any state, US territory, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Must not be the subject of a grievance currently pending at a state bar or court.

Qualifications

You must meet the United States Office of Personnel Management's (OPM) qualification requirements (including specialized experience and/or educational requirements) for the advertised position. You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement. Additional information on the qualification requirements is outlined in the OPM Qualifications Standards Handbook of General Schedule Positions. It is available for your review on the OPM Website .

Specialized Experience:is experience that has equipped applicants with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position, and that is typically in or related to the position to be filled. To be creditable, specialized experience must have been equivalent to at least the next lower grade level in the federal service.

GS-14 - Must have 3 years of professional legal/law experience (listed below) defined as post J.D. professional experience performing attorney duties; AND 1 year of the following Specialized Experience.
  • Specialized experience includes investigating or litigating allegations of (i) ethical misconduct by attorneys or other licensed professionals; (ii) fraud, waste, abuse, or prohibited personnel practices by government employees or officials; or (iii) criminal activity.

GS-15 - Must have 4 years of professional legal/law experience (listed below) defined as post J.D. professional experience performing attorney duties; AND 1 year of the following Specialized Experience.
  • Specialized experience includes investigating or litigating allegations of (i) ethical misconduct by attorneys or other licensed professionals; (ii) fraud, waste, abuse, or prohibited personnel practices by government employees or officials; or (iii) criminal activity.

Professional legal experience, post J.D. is defined as:
  • Professional legal/law experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position to be filled.
  • Legal work is described as extremely complex and difficult and requires a high order of original and creative legal endeavor in balancing conflicting interests; has broad or wide-scope impact on an economy, industry, private or public interests; and may involve directly or indirectly very large sums of money.
  • Work may also involve acting as principal attorney in charge of the preparation and presentation of cases; recommending policies and developing procedures and regulations to implement new or amended legislation; and acting as legal, general or senior counsel to a major firm or organization.

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.

Education

Applicants must possess a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree or Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from an American Bar Association accredited law school.

Additional information

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.

This is a Non Bargaining Unit position.

This is a Public Trust position and has a risk level designation of "moderate".

This position requires a Financial OF-450 Disclosure. For more information on 450 filing, please visit: https://www.oge.gov

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 the Department of Homeland Security Website .

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

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

Relocation Expenses are not authorized and will not be paid.

Individuals who have special priority selection rights under the Agency Career Transition 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. Information about CTAP/ICTAP eligibility may be found here: OPM CTAP/ICTAP . CTAP/ICTAP documentation requirements are listed in the ‘Required Documents' section of this announcement.

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.

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

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 ( oeeod@uspto.gov ) or phone (571-272-8292).

How You Will Be Evaluated

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

Your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the qualification requirements listed in this announcement. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume along with your supporting documentation to determine your level of knowledge and experience related to the job requirements.

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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Background checks and security clearance

Security clearance
Other

Drug test required
No

Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate Risk (MR)

Trust determination process
Suitability/Fitness

Required Documents

A complete application consists of:

1. A resume or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications; optional cover letter: Your resume should indicate your citizenship and should list your educational and work experience including job titles, salary, employment dates, duties and accomplishments, experience and how it relates to the KSAs in the job announcement.

2. Law School Transcripts: You MUST submit copies of your college transcripts for verification of the education requirements. Unofficial copies are acceptable, however, if selected you will be required to furnish official transcripts. It is your responsibility to provide adequate proof that you meet the above educational requirements. Inadequate or illegible information could result in non-qualification and loss of consideration.

3. Bar Membership Documentation: You MUST submit documentation showing that you are an active member of the Bar in Good Standing of any State, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or any Territorial Court under the U.S. Constitution. Examples may include one of the following: Certificate of Good Standing, Bar Card, or Screen shot from state licensure registry listing.

Supporting documents that may be requested of applicants after the closing date of this announcement are:

1. Writing Samples - You may be asked to submit a writing samples after the closing of the vacancy.

2. Notification of Personnel Action (SF-50) - For current and/or former Federal employees, your status eligibility and highest permanent grade/step/salary held in the Federal service will be validated with a copy of your most recent SF-50, "Notification of Personnel Action".

3. Veterans' Preference Documentation: If you are a veteran with preference eligibility, you will be asked to submit a Member 4 copy of your DD-214. If you are a preference eligible claiming a service connected disability of 10 percent or more, you will be asked to submit documentation (i.e. a letter dated 1991 or later from the Department of Veterans Affairs or from a branch of the Armed Forces) certifying to the veteran's present receipt of compensation. Veterans must include dates of military service within the automated application process, and submit Member 4 copy of each Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty, DD-214. For more information, please visit Special Appointing Authorities for Veterans . For excepted service positions, Veterans' Preference does not apply; however, Veteran's will receive positive consideration.

4. Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) or Interagency Career Transition Assistance Program (ICTAP) documentation: Applicants will be asked to submit: (1) A copy of your specific RIF notice, written notice of your expected separation or other documentation of priority consideration status; (2) A copy of your latest SF-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location; (3) A copy of your last performance appraisal; and (4) Any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.

You can choose ONE of the following methods to submit Supporting Documents:

1) You can upload your documents when you register or update your information on the Department of Commerce application site which you access through the USAJobs site.

OR

2) You can fax your documents to 571-258-4254 using the system generated fax cover sheet.

Your application and all required documentation must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date of this job announcement.

If you are relying on your education to meet qualification requirements:

Education must be accredited by an accrediting institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education in order for it to be credited towards qualifications. Therefore, provide only the attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education .

Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.

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