Patent Attorney

Department Of Energy

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  • Patent drafting and prosecution SPECIALIZATION
  • Washington LOCATION
  • GC-12-0004 REFRENCE NUMBER

Details

Posted:
May 14, 2012
Education:
Bachelors Arts/Science
Contact:
Linda Field
Phone:
202-586-6155

Description

DOE's overarching mission is to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the U.S. through scientific and technological innovation and the environmental clean up of the national nuclear weapons complex. With DOE you'll have the flexibility and freedom to explore a world of possibilities through a wealth of exciting and challenging career opportunities. By joining DOE, you can hone your career skills while helping to secure the U.S. future and make a real difference in the lives of Americans and people around the world. To learn more about the DOE, please visit our website at the following link DOE

The Department of Energy, Office of the General Counsel is looking for a Patent Attorney to join its dynamic Intellectual Property Law and Technology Transfer practice.  The selectee will be responsible for the protection and administration of Intellectual Property (IP) matters on behalf of DOE and will perform a broad range of duties, including preparing and prosecuting patent and trademark applications, providing legal advice in the areas of technical data, trade secrets, licenses, copyrights and trademarks, and investigating claims of infringement brought against DOE and DOE laboratories.

 

KEY REQUIREMENTS


  • U.S. Citizenship is required.
  • Background and/or Security Investigation is required
  • THIS POSITION IS NOT IN THE BARGAINING UNIT COVERED UNDER NTEU
  • Specialized Education (Must provide Law Transcript)

 


 

DUTIES:

Back to top The incumbent serves as a Patent Attorney reporting to the Assistant General Counsel for Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property, who has the responsibility for protecting the Government's interest in intellectual property, both domestically and world-wide; formulating DOE policy Department-wide for patent operations, including the direction of all field patent counsels; commenting on legislation involving patent operations matters; analyzing claims of infringement involving privately owned intellectual property;  litigating before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, and assisting the Department of Justice in all DOE IP-related matters before the U.S. Court of Federal Claims and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit;  processing patent waiver petitions; participating in contract reviews and negotiations; and performing other duties of a legal nature as required by the General Counsel or the Assistant General Counsel for Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property.

Requirments

You must meet all qualification and eligibility requirements by the closing date or within 30 days of the closing date of the announcement. Qualified candidates must describe the specific experience necessary to perform the duties of the position. Specific experience is defined as professional legal experience, which enabled the candidate to acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to perform the work relevant to a specific legal component. 

 

You must be registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 

 

You must have a technical background, preferably a Bachelor's degree in Engineering.

 

You must be able to obtain a top secret security clearance.

 

GS-12: Have a professional law degree (LL.B or J.D.) and membership in a State or District of Columbia bar association and one year of professional (attorney) legal experience and advanced educational attainments that clearly indicate the ability to independently perform complex legal work. The educational background should include course work beyond the first professional degree in a field directly related to the work for which he/she is being considered.

 

GS-13: Have a professional law degree (LL.B or J.D.) and membership in a State or District of Columbia bar association and one year of professional (attorney) legal experience and advanced educational attainments that clearly indicate the ability to independently perform complex legal work and one additional year of professional (attorney) experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to that of an attorney at the grade immediately below the one being filled.

 

GS-14: Have a professional law degree (LL.B or J.D.) and membership in a State or District of Columbia bar association and one year of professional (attorney) legal experience and advanced educational attainments that clearly indicate the ability to independently perform complex legal work, plus one additional year of professional (attorney) experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to that of an attorney at the grade immediately below the one being filled.

 

GS-15: Have a professional law degree (LL.B or J.D.) and membership in a State or District of Columbia bar association and one year of professional (attorney) legal experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to the next lower grade level of the work described in the vacancy announcement.

 

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE

 

Broad, in-depth knowledge of patent prosecution matters before the USPTO, including reviewing invention disclosures, preparing and prosecuting patent applications, interviewing Examiners in the USPTO to argue the patentability of inventions claimed and to determine the scope of claims that will satisfy the examiner and yet meet DOE requirements.

Ability to independently conduct prior art searches in the USPTO on disclosures submitted by Field Patent Counsel and contractors in various technologies.

Ability to conduct searches in the USPTO for the purpose of determining whether trademarks proposed for use by DOE infringe upon any existing registered trademarks. 

Knowledge of domestic and international intellectual property issues, including filing requirements for foreign patent applications.

Knowledge of technology transfer laws relevant to DOE-funded technologies.

Ability to draft license agreements for patents and trademarks.

Ability to conduct infringement and validity analysis of patents.

Knowledge regarding the copyright laws, media law, open source software licensing, and information technology law.

Knowledge of and experience in patent, trademark and copyright litigation in federal courts and proceedings before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Ability to communicate legal advice and guidance effectively and persuasively, and the ability to make informative and engaging presentations on relevant issues.

 

 

BASIC REQUIREMENTS:  All candidates must meet the minimum education requirements of successful completion of a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) with a professional law degree (LLB or JD) and be a current member in good standing of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT FOR THIS VACANCY: A preliminary background investigation must be completed before a new employee can begin work. Current Federal employees or other individuals with an existing completed background investigation may not be required to undergo another background investigation. If selected for this vacancy, you will be required to file the OGE Form 450 (Confidential Financial Disclosure Statement).

How To Apply

Please submit your application to Linda Field at GC-12-0004@hq.doe.gov.