The Intellectual Property Section 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 Section occasionally represents the United States in a variety of proceedings before the Patent and Trademark Office, the district courts, and the courts of appeals.
The Patent Attorney will be responsible for conducting all phases of intellectual property litigation on behalf of the United States, 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 attorney 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. This is a non-supervisory position.
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 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 must have a strong background in intellectual property litigation, preferably in patent litigation. Applicants must possess an undergraduate degree in science, mathematics, or engineering. Applicants with degrees in chemistry, biochemistry, electrical engineering or physics are preferred, but applicants with degrees in other scientific or engineering disciplines are eligible. Applicants who are eligible to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office are also preferred, although registration is not required.
Applicants must have excellent writing and advocacy skills, as well as superior negotiation and interpersonal skills. Successful applicants will be highly motivated, exhibit sound judgment and creativity, and have several years of active litigation experience.
To apply for this position, you must submit a cover letter, resume, and writing sample (not more than 10 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 must submit their materials by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
On the subject line, please include the phrase "Civil IP Patent Attorney Announcement No. DE-10712863-20-MS"
No telephone calls, please.
You must submit your application so that it will be RECEIVED by 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time March 12, 2020.
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.