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.
As the federal agency whose mission is to ensure the fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans, the Department of Justice is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. To build and retain a workforce that reflects the diverse experiences and perspectives of the American people, we welcome applicants from the many communities, identities, races, ethnicities, backgrounds, abilities, religions, and cultures of the United States who share our commitment to public service.
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.
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.
OPEN DATE is 6/12/17
To apply for this position, you must submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (not more than 15 pages in length). If you are claiming veterans preference, you must also submit your DD-214, and/or other documentation that you may have.
Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials by email to Civil.IP@usdoj.gov.
Applicants may also send their materials by commercial courier service, (FedEx or UPS) to:
U.S. Department of Justice
Civil Division, Commercial Litigation Branch
Intellectual Property Section
1100 L Street, NW, Room 11116
Washington, DC 20005
ATTN: Gary Hausken, Director
No telephone calls, please.
Applicants should familiarize themselves and comply with the relevant rules of professional conduct regarding any possible conflicts of interest in connection with their applications. In particular, please notify this Office if you currently represent clients or adjudicate matters in which this Office is involved and/or you have a family member who is representing clients or adjudicating matters in which this Office is involved so that we can evaluate any potential conflict of interest or disqualification issue that may need to be addressed under those circumstances.