Came across this on USA Jobs and posting it here for my students interested in IP law. Looks like it's something for experienced lawyers.
Job Title:Attorney Adviser - EX
Department:Department Of Commerce
Agency:Patent and Trademark Office
Job Announcement Number:OGC-2013-0033
$123,758.00 to $155,500.00 / Per Year
Tuesday, September 10, 2013 to Tuesday, September 17, 2013
SERIES & GRADE:
Excepted Service Appointment. - This is a Full-Time, Permanent
1 vacancy in the following location: Alexandria, VA, USView Map
WHO MAY APPLY:
Applications will be accepted from all United States Citizens and Nationals.
As an Attorney Adviser within the Office of Enrollment and Discipline, you will be responsible for the investigation and prosecution of unethical conduct by attorneys and agents recognized to practice before the USPTO. Additional responsibilities include reviewing moral character qualifications of applicants for registration as a patent practitioner. Drafting and preparing letters, requests for information, formal complaints and other documentation, and preparing disciplinary matters for presentation to the Committee on Discipline for a probable cause determination.
Work for the largest Intellectual Property Rights Firm in the United States - United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office 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. Our efforts have provided inventors exclusive rights over their discoveries. It's an effort that continues to contribute to a strong global economy, to encourage investment in innovation and to cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit for the 21st century. The USPTO is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, and has over 10,000 employees, including engineers, scientists, attorneys, analysts, IT specialists, etc. all dedicated to accomplishing the USPTO’s mission, vision, strategic goals and guiding principles. For more information about the USPTO, please visit the USPTO Careers Website.
You must be a U.S. Citizen or National.
Your resume and question responses must demonstrate the job-related KSAs.
You must meet the definition of specialized experience.
You must possess a Law Degree.
You must possess an active bar membership in good standing of any state.
At the full performance level, the individual selected for this position will be responsible for:
Investigating the moral character and reputation of candidates seeking recognition to practice before the USPTO.
Investigating, preparing and presenting evidence of unethical conduct by registered attorneys and agents in the full range of highly technical and highly controversial disciplinary cases involving scientific, engineering, ethical, and legal considerations.
Eliciting and evaluating evidence and testimony; and preparing letters, requests for information, formal complaints, and other documentation.
Interviewing complainants, practitioners, and others having knowledge relevant to an investigation or disciplinary proceeding.
Preparing disciplinary matters for presentation to the Committee on Discipline for a probable cause determination.
Negotiating offers for settlement of disciplinary actions.
Adjudicating petitions for reinstatement from practitioners who have been suspended or excluded from practice before the USPTO.
Other duties as assigned by the Director and/or Deputy Director of OED.
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 you with the particular knowledge, skills and abilities to perform successfully 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. Candidates for the GS-15 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower GS-14 grade level in the Federal service. Specialized experience for this position is defined as experience involving: (i) litigation, criminal matters, appellate matters, or federal court clerkship; (ii) primary drafting responsibility for briefs, memos, and legal opinions in the area of ethics and disciplinary enforcement; and (iii) conducting legal research and preparing written analysis of complex and difficult legal, factual, or policy issues in the area of ethics and disciplinary enforcement. Prosecution experience in intellectual property matters is beneficial.
Education: To meet minimum eligibility requirements for this position, applicants must possess a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree or Master of Laws (L.L.M.) degree from an ABA accredited law school.
Qualifications Required: You must meet the following United States Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) qualifications for the advertised position. To be eligible for this position, you must:
Be a United States Citizen;
Possess a Law Degree from an accredited law school;
Be a current member of the Bar in Good Standing of any State, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or any Territorial Court under the U.S. Constitution;
Have at least four (4) years of professional legal experience as described below; and
Have at least one (1) year of specialized experience as described below.
Professional Legal Experience: Professional legal/law experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies to perform successfully the duties of the position to be filled. This experience is characterized by breadth and depth of experience in rendering professional legal advice and services with respect to questions, regulations, practices, or other matters falling within the purview of a Federal government agency, private sector, law firm, or other organization; preparing substantive interpretative and administrative orders, rules, or regulations to give effect to the provisions of governing statutes or other requirements of law; drafting, negotiating, or examining other legal documents; drafting, preparing formal comments, or making substantive recommendations regarding proposed legislation; editing and preparing for publication statutes enacted by Congress and opinions or decisions of a court, commission, or board; drafting and reviewing decisions for consideration and adoption by an organization or official; conducting investigations to obtain facts; determining questions of law; and studying, analyzing and evaluating legal precedents to present findings.
Legal work is described as extremely complex and difficult and requires a high order of original and creative legal endeavor in balancing conflicting interests and has broad or wide scope impact on economic, industry, private or public interests.
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.
HOW YOU WILL BE EVALUATED:
Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed resume and your responses to basic qualifying questions. Your resume will be evaluated to determine your possession of any required specialized experience, and how well your background and experience relates to the qualifications in the job announcement. Uploaded resumes are preferred. Falsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you. 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). To preview questions please click here.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, paid holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System. Alternative Work Schedule (AWS) and Telework Program are available to eligible employees. Please visit USPTO New Employee Information for additional information. Visit Working for the Federal Government to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees.
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 not a Bargaining Unit position. This is a Public Trust position and has a risk level designation of “high”. Except as prohibited by law, all applicants tentatively selected for positions needing a Top Secret Clearance will be required to submit to a urinalysis to screen for illegal drug use prior to appointment and, if appointed, the incumbent will be subjected to random drug testing procedures. 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. Trial 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 Transaction 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 is on the Office of Personnel Management’s Career Transition Resources website 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.
You MUST apply online. If you experience difficulties with the application process or do not have access to a computer, please contact the HR Specialist listed as the point of contact before the closing date of this job announcement. If you are a new user to the USAJobs Site and have never registered for an account; you will first need to create an account profile with your basic contact information and a resume to begin applying. You must be a registered USAJobs user AND you must be signed-in to your account in order to apply for this position. For help setting up an account or for general help using USAJobs, go to USAJobs Help Page. Once you have gathered all of the required information and are ready to begin the application process, click the "APPLY ONLINE" button at the right side of the page. You will then be directed away from USAJobs to the Department of Commerce application site for USPTO. If you experience any difficulties with the application site, help is available! If you have problems completing your on-line application, contact the Monster Hiring Management Help Desk at 1-866-656-6831 or by e-mail at MGSHELP@monster.com. The help desk is available Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. You may call and leave a voice mail message at all other times. All required supporting documents will be collected electronically via the USAJobs “Saved Documents” feature.
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. Please Note: Responses to job questions that are not fully supported by the information in your resume may result in adjustments to your rating. Any experience claimed in a cover letter should be substantiated by information contained in your resume. 2. Transcripts: (for Individual Occupational Requirements and/or Substitution of Education for specialized experience): 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. This letter and/or certificate should be dated within the last six months of the closing date of this job announcement If you are unable to obtain this information by the closing date of this announcement, you must contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement to make other arrangements prior to the closing date of the announcement. Supporting Documentation: PLEASE NOTE: Applicants who meet the minimum eligibility and qualification requirements for this position may be contacted within 7 business days of the closing date of this announcement to submit follow-up supporting documentation if applicable. Applicants claiming veterans’ preference entitlement or CTAP/ICTAP eligibility who fail to submit supplemental documentation within 5 business days of receiving the request will not lose consideration for this position, however they will not be entitled to special or priority consideration. Supporting documents that may be requested of applicants after the closing date of this announcement are: 1. Writing Samples - You will be asked to submit two writing samples. PLEASE NOTE: You may choose to upload these writing samples as supporting documents during the online application process. Should you choose to do so, you will not be contacted after the close of this announcement for writing samples. 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. 4. Special Appointing Authorities - If you are applying under the special appointing authority such as those authorized for the severely disabled (Schedule A) or Vietnam era and disabled veterans (VRA), you will be asked to submit documentation showing eligibility to non-competitively apply under Merit Assignment announcements. Please indicate the type of special appointment you are seeking, if any, on your application. For more information on non-competitive appointments and supporting documentation, please visit Federal Employment of People with Disabilities or Feds Hire Vets - Special Hiring Authorities for Veterans. 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 571-258-4052 using the system generated fax cover sheet. Your application and all required documentation must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the closing date of this job announcement. NOTE: The preceding documentation requirements are based on job requirements and individual applicant eligibility. Not all documents are applicable to all applicants--if you are unsure which documents apply to you, contact the HR Specialist listed on this announcement. Review your resume and responses carefully. Responses to job questions that are not fully supported by the information in your application package may result in adjustments to your rating. A Human Resources Representative will validate the qualifications of those candidates eligible to be referred to the hiring official.
Agency Information: PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE 550 Elizabeth Lane Elizabeth Townhouse Alexandria, VA 22314 US Fax: 000-000-0000
WHAT TO EXPECT NEXT:
You will receive a notice generated by the USAJobs System when you have successfully submitted your application. After all application packages have been received, we will review your application and transcript(s) (if you are qualifying based on education) to ensure you meet the basic qualification requirements. We will evaluate each applicant who meets the basic qualifications on the information provided and you may be contacted for follow-up supplemental documentation. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide any supplemental documents or information requested by the Office of Human Resources within the allocated time frames. Failure to submit requested documents or information within 5 business days of receiving the request may result in your application not receiving further consideration.
You can check the status of your application by logging into USAJOBS. You may also sign up to receive automatic emails anytime the status of your application has changed by logging into your USAJobs Account, editing your profile and changing the ‘Notification Settings’ to indicate that you want to be notified by email when the status changes. Information regarding the status of your application should be updated in the system within 2 weeks after the closing date of this job announcement.