Patent Attorney

Posted on May 22, 2020

Office of the Inspector General, Department of Commerce

Washington, DC

We are seeking highly motivated professionals to join our team.

If you want challenging work and a chance to make a big impact, come join us at the Office of Inspector General for the Department of Commerce! We improve the effectiveness of the Department's programs and operations.

We also investigate waste, fraud, and abuse in the Department and those who do business with it.

You must meet the following requirements by the closing date of this announcement.nPossess a Juris Doctor (J.D.) or Master of Laws (LL.M.) degree from an American Bar Association (ABA) accredited law school.nANDnBe a current Bar member with the ABA, in good standing of any state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or any U.S.

territory.nANDnPossess professional legal/law experience, post J.D.

or LL.M.

within the federal government, a law firm or private industry.nANDnMandatory Qualifications Requirements: To meet minimum qualifications, applicants must possess the following professional technical competencies.

These competencies would typically be gained through experience, education, and training that reflects progressive development and achievement in advanced patent and trademark experiencefor a nationwide program or organization.

An individual’s total experience and education must demonstrate the ability to perform the duties of the position.nA.

Professional Technical Qualifications – All applicants must include a narrative statement showing how their knowledge and experience relates to the following professional technical qualifications.

The narrative statement should not exceed two pages for each qualification.nPTQ 1: Describe your demonstrated advanced patent and trademark knowledge related to compliance with standards, statutory and case law, authoritative interpretation of legal precedents, and understanding concepts and techniques associated with the patent and trademark examination process.nPTQ 2: Describe your demonstrated ability to conduct audits, evaluations, special projects, and/or other work assignments associated with intellectual property and USPTO.nPTQ 3: Describe your demonstrated ability to meet and reach consensus on complex issues with individuals, groups, and high-level officials within and outside the agency, and the ability to appropriately support the position of the organization when disagreements occur.nIMPORTANT: Structure your PTQ statements in terms of actions you have taken, the context or environment in which the action was taken and the outcome or results of those actions (Challenge - Context - Action - Result (C-C-A-R) Model).nChallenge-Context-Action-Result ModelnChallenge.

Describe a specific problem or goal.nContext.

Talk about the individuals and groups you worked with, and/or the environment in which you worked, to tackle a particular challenge (e.g., clients, co-workers, members of Congress, shrinking budget, low morale).nAction.

Discuss the specific actions you took to address a challenge.nResult.

Give specific examples of the results of your actions.

These accomplishments demonstrate the quality and effectiveness of your leadership skills.

How to Apply

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