Patent Attorney – USPTO – Alexandria, Va.

The Office of the Solicitor, a division in the Office of General Counsel (OGC) at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), is seeking an experienced and talented individual to serve as a Patent Attorney. The Office of the Solicitor acts as legal counsel to the USPTO on intellectual property law matters and also works in collaboration with the Department of Commerce on interagency intellectual property law matters. The work is challenging, the atmosphere is professional, and the diverse attorneys enjoy a high quality of work life rarely found in the legal field.

The position is open until Monday, April 28, 2014.

Contact
For more details and to apply, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/366708400.

Additional Info
Employer Type: Government
Job Location: Alexandria, Virginia

The USPTO is hiring in Denver

logoThe U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) — named the #1 place to work in Federal Government — is opening a satellite office in Denver, CO this summer, and we're looking for top talent to join our team.

On Friday, March 7, 2014 and Saturday March 8, 2014 USPTO will host a career fair at the Hyatt Regency Denver Convention Center downtown at 650 15th Street. We will hold ongoing information sessions and then meet with individuals who meet the basic Patent Examiner position requirements. Those who qualify will be encouraged to apply via USAJobs (candidates cannot be officially considered for open positions without submitting a complete application).

Register online to attend

Director, Office of Unfair Import Investigations – U.S. International Trade Commission – Washington D.C.

The U.S. International Trade Commission is seeking a Director, Office of Unfair Import Investigations. This senior service executive opportunity is open to all US citizens, until May 28, 2013.

You will manage the OUII, whose duties include assessing the sufficiency of complaints filed under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 and participating as an independent party in Section 337 investigations. 

You will be responsible for representing OUII, and at times the Commission, at various Commission and interagency meetings and negotiations, as well as at meetings with Congressional staff and the private sector.  In addition to direct experience in Section 337 investigations, this position requires active Bar membership and graduation from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association. 

Contact:
Announcement details and application procedures can be found at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/PrintPreview/340564000.

Additional Info:
Employer Type: Government
Job Location: Washington, D.C.

We are a small independent Federal agency with a big mission.  We protect U.S. business interests in the international trade arena by investigating, analyzing, and conducting hearings on trade, intellectual property, tariff, and competitiveness issues.  Here you will find current topics, a fast-paced working environment, a team approach to problem solving, a collegial atmosphere, and an organization that appreciates a balance of your work and private life.  We have frequent interactions with Congress, the Executive Offices of the President, and other Federal agencies with interests in international trade, as well as private sector entities with interests in international trade issues.  Top it all off with a terrific DC location and full Federal benefits, for some exciting opportunities.

General Counsel – U.S. International Trade Commission – Washington D.C.

The U.S. International Trade Commission is seeking a General Counsel. This senior service executive opportunity is open to all US citizens, until June 4, 2013.

You will manage the Office of the General Counsel and serve as the top-ranking legal officer for the Commission, providing leadership to a professional staff and agency officials on all international trade and administrative law matters before the Commission.  You will review Commission actions for compliance with related statutes, Executive Orders, and regulations.  You will represent the Commission in Federal Court proceedings and act as the Commission’s chief legal representative in briefings and negotiations with other federal agencies. In addition to direct experience in international trade and administrative law, this position requires active Bar membership and graduation from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association.

Contact:
Announcement details and application procedures can be found at https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/341087500.

Additional Info:
Employer Type: Government
Job Location: Washington, D.C.

We are a small independent Federal agency with a big mission.  We protect U.S. business interests in the international trade arena by investigating, analyzing, and conducting hearings on trade, intellectual property, tariff, and competitiveness issues.  Here you will find current topics, a fast-paced working environment, a team approach to problem solving, a collegial atmosphere, and an organization that appreciates a balance of your work and private life.  We have frequent interactions with Congress, the Executive Offices of the President, and other Federal agencies with interests in international trade, as well as private sector entities with interests in international trade issues.  Top it all off with a terrific DC location and full Federal benefits, for some exciting opportunities.

Patent Paralegal – Government – Albuquerque, N.M.

Sandia National Laboratories Sandia National Laboratoriesis searching for a senior level Patent Paralegal for the Legal Technology Transfer Center located in Albuquerque, NM. This is a permanent, full-time position. The candidate selected will be required to obtain and maintain a DOE-granted “L-level” Security Clearance. Security clearance is not required to start.

Department Description:
Sandia National Laboratories is seeking a Patent Assistant for its Legal Technology Transfer Center. This position will provide support for director-level patent attorneys and patent agents. Center 11500, Legal Technology Transfer, obtains intellectual property protections (patents, trademarks & copyrights) and drafts technology transfer agreements. The Center has support programs that enhance U. S. prosperity and further core missions.

Job Summary:
The position requires excellent organizational, problem solving and priority setting skills. Experience working with and understanding of the rules and regulations set forth by the United States Patent & Trademark Office, (USPTO) are essential to success in this position. The position requires reviewing and acting upon materials received from USPTO, preparing draft materials responsive to USPTO for attorney review and/or completion, maintaining attorney dockets, maintaining patent database (database entry, errors checks), and maintaining hardcopy files. The successful applicant will act as primary support for one or more attorneys, including preparing materials for attorneys signature (missing parts, certificates of correction, engagement letters, etc.), calculating filing fees, conducting database searches for attorneys (reference prior art, private PAIR, etc.), filing materials in USPTO in accordance with federal rules, maintaining USPTO deposit account, and coordinate payment of patent maintenance fees.

The successful candidate will be adept at meeting frequent deadlines with constant interruptions while maintaining a high level of accuracy and attention to detail. Excellent written and oral communication skills; demonstrated ability to work with and appropriately protect sensitive, proprietary and confidential information; and the ability to work in a team environment while exercising independent judgment and interact effectively with peers and all levels of management are necessary.

This job series typically:
Provides high-level paraprofessional legal support to in-house attorneys and external co-counsel retained to represent Sandia Corporation. The selected candidate will work under attorney supervision but with a high degree of independence to provide paralegal and administrative support of a responsible and confidential nature and helps ensure the smooth functioning of legal matters and projects.

Primary Job Duties:
• Provides initial review of documents, including complaints, contracts, leases, terms and conditions, proposed policies, regulations, management directives, and other documents.
• Conducts legal research on specific legal topics in order to familiarize attorneys with specific legal issues, summarize legal issues presented in a particular matter, and provides updates on new developments in the assigned practice area.
• Prepares drafts of correspondence, pleadings, memoranda of law, and other legal documents.
• Locates and gathers all documents and information related to specific matters from all relevant sources, such as other Sandia organizations, personnel, and federal and state agencies; reviews and analyzes those documents and information; and organizes and reports the results of research and analysis to supervising attorneys.
• Identifies and prepares documents and exhibits to be used in litigation, administrative proceedings, contract disputes and negotiations, and patent prosecutions.
• Works cooperatively with Sandia staff to ensure appropriate document management, protection, retention, and disposition in accordance with applicable policies and procedures.
• Further develops and maintains Sandia's records and database files, including scanning and coding documents into Sandia databases.
• Supports attorneys in preparation for litigation, administrative proceedings, contract disputes, and negotiations.
• Coordinates legal discovery efforts and supports both in-house and outside counsel.
• Conducts computerized searches for information.
• Remains current on processes and procedures in applicable court and administrative forums.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
• Ability to prioritize and adjust to changing priorities, problems, and deadlines
• Ability to work independently
• Knowledge of Sandia's organization, history, policies, and procedures
• Computer application and database skills
• Demonstrated accuracy and judgment and a high degree of initiative, discretion, diplomacy, confidentiality, and flexibility
• Ability to meet deadlines
• Knowledge of protocol
• Adept at adjusting to changing priorities, problems, and deadlines

Required:
• This position requires the candidate to have at least 3 years of direct experience working in a patent prosecution environment within a law firm or in-house.
• The successful candidate will have experience with USPTO rules and procedures, patent docketing and supporting attorneys.

Desired:
• Paralegal degree, experience with IP Management software (i.e. Thompson Rueters IP Manager, CPA Global Memotech, or IPFoundation software suites), Adobe, Microsoft Applications (Word, PowerPoint, CRM and Outlook), SharePoint and Excel.

Security Clearance:
Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted L-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by the DOE, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

Contact:
To learn more about this position and to apply online, please visit us at http://www.sandia.gov/careers/search-openings.html, click Advanced Search and reference Job Opening ID Number: 643304.

U.S. Citizenship Normally Required. Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V.

Additional Info:
Employer Type: Government
Job Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation's premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation with major facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Livermore, California. We are a world-class team of scientists, engineers, technologists, post docs, and visiting researchers all focused on cutting-edge technology, ranging from homeland defense, global security, biotechnology, and environmental preservation to energy and combustion research, computer security, and nuclear defense. To learn more, please visit our website at www.sandia.gov.

Paralegal – Government – Los Alamos, N.M.

Los Alamos National Laboratory Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking a Paralegal 2 to work in Los Alamos, New Mexico. The paralegal will perform a variety of legal and administrative tasks to include:

• Maintain vigilant oversight of patent docket, due dates, and procedural requirements for LANL patent operations;
• Maintain vigilant oversight of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) deposit accounts including tracking of filing fees, recordation fees, etc., for both domestic and foreign filings;
• Interact professionally with all levels of staff and management at LANL, USPTO and the Department of Energy (DOE) and other external organizations, including retained counsel;
• Assist with preparation of information disclosure statements;
• Review of invention disclosures and invention evaluation comments from attorneys or others, and careful review of issuing patents;
• Examine and file electronic and/or hard copy documents, reports, correspondence, and any related papers pertinent to patent law activities for compliance with Federal Regulations and United States Patent & Trademark Office rules;
• Assist with legal review of Cooperative Research and Development Agreements (CRADAs) and Patent Licensing Agreements;
• Prepare and handle Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) filings from prior US applications;
• Serve as a Department of Energy administrative contact for invention processing and copyright assertion requests, including processing of invention election notices and waiver requests;
• Administer IP input for annual inventor awards;
• Data entry, searches and reports generation;
• Point of contact for IP e-billing, invoice reviews and approvals;
• Other duties as assigned.

Job Requirements:
• Previous experience as a paralegal in a corporate or government law office, private law firm or similar setting;
• Must have prior work experience that required accuracy, judgment, a high degree of initiative, discretion, diplomacy, confidentiality, flexibility, timeliness, and knowledge of protocol;
• Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure with minimal supervision and to quickly adjust to changing priorities, problems, and deadlines;
• Demonstrated effective and strong verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills;
• Minimum of four (4) years of experience using various software applications and technologies including MS Office Suite, Internet, E-mail, and databases;
• Ability to recognize and resolve ethical issues and to strictly adhere to attorneys’ rules of confidentiality;
• Must have an excellent record of dependability and availability for work including overtime when necessary.

Desired Skills:
• Experience using various software applications and technologies typically used in a technologically sophisticated law office such as Matter Management, IP Master (a Patent Tracking Software), and Lexis-Nexis or Westlaw;
• Familiarity with LANL and DOE organizational structure and functions;
• Experience in and knowledge of USPTO rules and procedures;
• Experience in and knowledge of Federal and DOE policies, procedures and orders regarding management of patent and technical data rights, technology transfer agreements, and acquisition policies and procedures.

Education:
Five years of paralegal on-the-job experience in private law firms, corporate legal departments or government legal office. An undergraduate degree and/or paralegal certificate are desirable.

Clearance:
Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements* for access to classified matter.

Eligibility requirements:
To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:
The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a pre-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Regular position:
Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to a regular status only with approval of the cognizant Principal Associate Director.

Contact:
Please apply for this position at: http://bit.ly/IRC16170 or visit http://careers.lanl.gov and reference vacancy IRC16170. EEO/AA

Additional Info:
Employer Type: Government
Job Location: Los Alamos, New Mexico 

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns.

The mission of the Intellectual Property Law Practice Group (LC-IP) is to protect the intellectual property developed by Laboratory technical staff. LC-IP is seeking a Paralegal to provide support to patent attorneys, patent agents and to external co-counsel in matters relating to the intellectual property and technology transfer functions at LANL. The Paralegal will provide support in the areas of foreign and domestic patent prosecution; licensing of intellectual property and other technology transfer agreements; and assist with procurement issues involving intellectual property matters and copyright matters.

Patent Attorney – USPTO – Alexandria, Va.

The United States Patent and Trademark OfficeThe Office of the Solicitor is seeking an experienced and talented individual to serve as a Patent Attorney. The Office of the Solicitor acts as legal counsel to the USPTO on intellectual property law matters and also works in collaboration with the Department of Commerce on interagency intellectual property law matters. The work is challenging, the atmosphere is professional, and the diverse attorneys enjoy a high quality of work life rarely found in the legal field.

Contact:
For full details on requirements, responsibilities and on applying, see the listing on USA Jobs at: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/337581000.

Additional Info:
Employer Type: Government
Location: Alexandria, Virginia

Patent Agent / Attorney – Government – Gaithersburg, Md.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a federal agency within the Department of Commerce, anticipates the need for a Patent Agent/Attorney employee to represent NIST in performing the full range of patent prosecution duties at its campus in Gaithersburg, MD. Our current caseload would primarily lend itself to an individual with a background in physical chemistry or physics, and who could also manage electrical and software arts. The position is anticipated to have a salary range of $89,033 - $136,771.

Contact:
Please contact us at tpo@nist.gov. When available, NIST vacancies are posted on USAJOBS: https:// nist.usajobs.gov/. US citizenship is required. The Department of Commerce is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Additional Info:
Employer Type: Government
Job Location: Gaithersburg, Maryland

Patent Examiner – USPTO – Detroit, Mich. (Updated)

The United States Patent and Trademark OfficeThe United States Patent and Trademark Office is seeking Patent Examiners (PE). Yearning for a job that harnesses the power of innovation, yet provides work/life balance? As a Patent Examiner with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, you'll be working with the largest Intellectual Property Rights entity in the nation. You'll be supporting economic growth and positioning America as one of the world's top innovators. You'll conduct research and interact with applicants who are working on inventive modern breakthroughs. You'll have access to alternative, flexible schedules, telework, bonuses and paid overtime. Starting salary range from $69,899 to $90,866 per year, with non-competitive promotion potential to GS-13.

Key Requirements:
• Mechanical, Electrical or Computer Engineering degree (or combination of education & experience) plus one year of patent prosecution experience
• Meet the Basic Qualifications plus additional Specialized Experience
• U.S. Citizen or National.
• Live near, or be willing to relocate or commute to the Detroit, MI area.
• Submit a complete application in USAJobs (keyword: USPTO) and furnish all required documentation.
• Enjoy research and work well autonomously.

Duties:
A patent examiner (PE) reviews patent applications to determine if they comply with Federal law and regulation and scientific principle. A PE scrutinizes patent applications, determines the scope of protection claimed by the inventor, researches relevant technologies, and communicates findings and decisions to patent practitioners and/or inventors.

The PE conducts extensive reviews of a large body of technical information, including detailed drawings as represented in electrical schematic, 3-dimensional mechanical portrayed drawings or chemical manufacturing process diagrams.

The position requires the analytical ability to efficiently digest large volumes of scientific information and to use this in making timely decisions regarding the patentability of an application. The PE reviews patent applications and writes office actions in a production-oriented environment. Almost all of the PE's work is performed using a computer and is visually very demanding.

As a PE, you will independently perform patent examining functions and formulate or recommend appropriate action with respect to:

• Checking applications for technical accuracy and compliance with formal requirements
• Treating disclosure statements and claims of priority
• Analyzing disclosure and claims for compliance with 35 USC 112
• Planning a field of search
• Conducting search
• Formulating rejections under 35 USC 102 and 103 with supporting rationale, or determining how claim(s) distinguish over the prior art
• Determining whether amendment introduces new matter
• Determining whether restriction is proper
• Determining whether claimed invention is operable/useful as disclosed

After preliminary instruction, you will perform patent examining functions and formulate or recommend appropriate action with respect to:

• Evaluating / applying case law as necessary
• Evaluating sufficiency of affidavits / declarations
• Determining whether appropriate line of patentable distinction is maintained between application and/or patents
• Evaluating sufficiency of reissue oath / declaration

Contact:
Want to learn more? Register for a slot at our upcoming Information Sessions & Interview Fair at our Detroit Office on November 9 and 10. http://www.usptocareers.gov/jobfair/.

Additional Info:
Employer Type: Government
Location: Detroit, Michigan

Patent Attorney – Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division – China Lake, Calif.

There Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division is a vacancy for a patent attorney to serve as Assistant or Associate Counsel within the Office of Counsel, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD), located in China Lake, California. NAWCWD is a field activity of the Naval Air Systems Command. NAWCWD is the Navy's premier research, development, test, and evaluation activity for air-based weapons systems, including guided missiles and advanced weapons systems. NAWCWD performs research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT &E), logistics, integration of weapons and avionics on tactical aircraft, and in-service support for guided missiles, free-fall weapons, targets, support equipment, crew systems, and electronic warfare. NAWCWD operates a 1.1 million acre land range (larger than the state of Rhode Island) and a sea range of 36,000 square miles off the Southern California coast that includes San Nicolas Island. China Lake is located in the Indian Wells Valley part of the Mojave Desert, which is on the eastern side of California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range. For more information please visit: http://www.navair.navy.mil/nawcwd.

The candidate selected for this position will provide a range of intellectual property and technology legal services including preparing, drafting, and prosecuting patent and trademark applications; counseling on intellectual property matters; counseling on contract and technology transfer matters; reviewing and negotiating patent licenses; resolving patent and copyright administrative claims; counseling on contract surveillance regarding invention disclosure; and counseling on rights in technical data and computer software.

Job Description Closing Date: October 25, 2012
Advertisement Number: 25-12
Command: Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division
Grade: GS-11/12/13/14/15
Type: Patent Attorney

This position will be filled under an alternative pay system at the DA-04/05/06 level which is equivalent to the GS-11/12/13/14/15 grade levels. An undergraduate degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering is required. Experience in chemical patent preparation and prosecution is highly desired. To be eligible for selection at the DA-04 level, recent law school graduates and applicants with less than one year of legal experience must have graduated in the top third of their law school class or must present other evidence of clearly superior accomplishment or achievement such as work or achievement of significance on an official law school law review or journal, winning a moot court competition, membership on the law school's official moot court team, or membership in the Order of the Coif. The applicant must have legal experience, comparable academic coursework, or significant training that will facilitate the applicant's ability to quickly provide quality legal services to NAWCWD. To be eligible for selection at the DA-05 level, the applicant must have at least two years of successful legal practice in intellectual property, in addition to either: significant experience or training in one or more of the areas of practice noted above, or significant experience or training that will allow the candidate to quickly undertake significant duties that require significant legal expertise. To be eligible for selection at the DA-06-level, the applicant must have at least three and one half years of successful legal practice as an intellectual property attorney, in addition to either: significant experience or training in one or more of the areas of practice noted above, or significant experience or training that will allow the candidate to quickly undertake significant duties that require significant legal expertise. As the desired grade level rises, concentrated experience in the noted areas of practice and familiarity with Navy processes and procedures become increasingly important. Pay will be set commensurate with the successful applicant's qualifications, funding availability, and the applicable pay setting guidelines.

Applicants will be evaluated on 1) their patent prosecution knowledge, skills and abilities; (2) their experience or potential for growth in the relevant practice areas; 3) their research, analytical, and writing skills; and 4) their ability to work well with clients and other staff in both team and individual situations. The successful candidate must be a U.S. citizen, have graduated from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association; be an active member in good standing of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction); be admitted to practice before a state or federal court and the United States Patent and Trademark Office; and be eligible to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.

Contact:
Interested attorneys may contact Ms. Charlene Haley at 760-939-8423.

Applicants should submit an SF -171, OF -612, or resume; two legal writing samples; two most recent performance appraisals (if available); and the names and telephone numbers of at least three references (other than current supervisors) who are familiar with the candidate's legal skills and who may be contacted. Application materials should also include a telephone number and contact name for all previous employers. If a candidate does not wish for OGC to contact a previous employer, they should so indicate. Attorneys who have graduated from law school after 2006 must provide a copy of their law school transcripts, including class rank. The application should also state the lowest pay level that you will consider. Send all documents to:

Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division
Attn: Charlene Haley
Code K00000D (For FedEx shipments include: Bldg 1 Rm 1022, instead of Code K00000D)
1 Administration Circle, Stop 1009
China Lake, CA 93555-6100

It is recommended that applications be sent by electronic mail to Charlene.Haley@navy.mil or by Federal Express or similar means due to security related delays that may affect normal mail delivery.

This personnel notice will close on June 8, 2012, and applications must be received by that date to be considered.

If the successful applicant is not currently a member of the Navy Office of General Counsel, processing of the hiring action can only commence after submission of those items identified in the "Instructions for New OGC Attorneys" (see Careers section ofwww.ogc.navy.mil).

Applicants eligible for Veterans' Preference must specifically claim such eligibility in their cover letter, identify the basis for the claim, and include supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty or other supporting documentation) with their submission. Not all veterans are preference eligible. For a summary of time periods, campaigns, and conditions that entitle an applicant to preference eligibility, please visit www.opm.gov/veterans and review the "Vets Info Guide" and the "Vets Guide." There is no formal rating system for applying Veterans' Preference for attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of the Navy Office of the General Counsel considers veterans' preference eligibility a positive factor in the attorney hiring process. Applicants who do not claim and/or do not provide adequate supporting documentation for Veterans' Preference will not receive the positive factor consideration.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

Compensation for relocation expenses may be considered but is not guaranteed.

THE DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY REASONABLE ACCOMMODATION EMPLOYER

The Department of the Navy is an Equal Opportunity/ Reasonable Accommodation Employer. All hiring and advancement in the Office of the General Counsel is based on merit without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, political affiliation or marital status.
The Department of the Navy provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should inform the individual identified in the personnel notice. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.

VETERANS PREFERENCE IN HIRING

Department of the Navy attorney positions are in the excepted service, not the competitive civil service. There is no formal rating system for applying veterans' preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of the Navy considers veterans' preference eligibility as a positive factor in attorney hiring. If you are eligible for veterans' preference in hiring, you are encouraged to include that information in your application along with the supporting documentation, e.g., DD 214. Not all veterans are eligible for veterans' preference. To find out if you are, you may visit the Veterans' Preference Advisor, operated by the Department of Labor at http://www.dol.gov/elaws/vets/vetpref/vetspref.htm.

Additional Info:
Employer Type: Government
Job Location: China Lake, California

Patent Prosecution Attorney – Sandia National Laboratories – Albuquerque, N.M.

Sandia National Laboratories Sandia National Laboratoriesis searching for a Patent Prosecution Attorney for the Legal Technology Transfer Center for the Albuquerque facility. Must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Security Clearance.

The selected candidate will provide legal advice and assistance in all matters involving or relating to intellectual property issues. This attorney will lead Sandia patent preparation and prosecution activities including in-house patent preparation and prosecution and management of outside patent counsel. He or she will provide legal counseling on intellectual property issues, policies, and procedures. The attorney will work with divisions researching silicon processing and fabrication of compound semiconductors including micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), contour-mode resonators, silicon and III-V photonics (including VCSELs, ring resonators, all-optical logic, solar cells, infrared focal plane arrays), analog and digital circuits, semiconductor fabrication and packaging, and failure analysis techniques.

This position provides legal services to protect, enforce, and mitigate risk associated with intellectual property. Provides advice and counsel on patent prosecution matters, including patentability of inventions, obviousness, prior art, and scope of patent claims. Drafts patent and trademark applications, advises on all types of intellectual property reviews, licensing and research agreements, publications, and intellectual property aspects of contracts. Provides Sandia National Laboratories with legal advice and services concerning legal rights, obligations, and privileges in matters involving intellectual property law. Coordinates legal matters handled by outside counsel and manages litigation.

Primary Job Duties:
• Provides legal advice and services concerning rights, obligations and privileges of Sandia in matters involving intellectual property law.
• Interprets and prepares legal documents, analyzes corporate policies, and advises corporation in areas of intellectual property law.
• Prepares, files, and prosecutes patent applications to obtain the broadest possible protection for Sandia's inventions, consistent with Sandia's business needs.
• Counsels, advises and supports licensing and technology transfer staff in transactional matters.
• Provides legal advice on agreements pertaining to intellectual property, including patent and copyright license agreements and other technology transfer agreements.
• Advises on patentability of inventions developed by Sandia.
• Monitors and reviews Sandia publications for creation of statutory bar dates for Sandia inventions.
• Conducts prior art searches.
• Coordinates discussions with line management, technical staff, and technology transfer staff to select and prioritize invention disclosures and efficiently support Sandia's business needs.
• Manages the preparation and prosecution of foreign and domestic patent applications by outside counsel.
• Coordinates joint patent applications with co-inventing outside organizations.
• Renders opinions regarding possible patent infringements.
• Handles appeal and interference proceedings, as required.
• Supports other legal staff in litigation matters, as needed.
• May act as an agent of the corporation in various transactions.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities:
• Registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and licensed to practice law in at least one state.
• Recent and relevant technical and legal background, including preparation and prosecution experience in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science or other relevant engineering discipline.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills and interpersonal skills.
• Knowledge of federal law and U.S. Department of Energy policies, procedures, and orders regarding management of patent, copyright, technical data, technology transfer agreements, and acquisition policies and procedures.
• Knowledge of contractual mechanisms, including cooperative research and development agreements, Work for Others, licenses and options, statements of work, user facility, and non-disclosure agreements.
• Experience in licensing and other technology transfer agreements.
• Skill in and knowledge of the concepts and processes involved in preparing for negotiations, conducting negotiations, and counseling a client regarding developments and options in a negotiation.
• Knowledge of the tools of legal research and the ability to devise and implement coherent and effective legal research plans.
• Skill in and knowledge of the concepts and processes involved in preparing for negotiations, conducting negotiations, and counseling a client regarding developments and options in a negotiation.
• Knowledge of the rules governing the practice of law, the ability to recognize and resolve ethical issues, and strict adherence to attorneys' rules of confidentiality.
• Knowledge of software applications and technologies used in a technologically sophisticated law office.
• Ability to identify legal exposures to business goals that are broader than the exposures implicit in the literal scope of a request for legal advice.
• Ability to work independently as appropriate.

Required:
• A U.S. law degree from an ABA accredited law school, admission to practice in at least one U.S. state and current registration with the USPTO is required, plus, 4-8 years of experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Excellent academic qualifications with 4-8 years of law firm and/or in-house experience in patent prosecution.
• Degree in Physics, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science or other relevant engineering discipline.

Desired:
• Masters or PhD level education is preferred. Excellent analytical, interpersonal and communication skills are needed.
• Candidates should have strong project, and client management skills and a proven track record of success in the patent field.

Contact:
Please apply online at http://www.sandia.gov/careers/search-openings.html, click Advanced Search and reference Job Opening ID Number: 641106.

U.S. Citizenship Normally Required. Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V.

Additional Info:
Employer Type: Government
Job Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation's premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation with major facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Livermore, California. We are a world-class team of scientists, engineers, technologists, post docs, and visiting researchers all focused on cutting-edge technology, ranging from homeland defense, global security, biotechnology, and environmental preservation to energy and combustion research, computer security, and nuclear defense. To learn more, please visit our website at www.sandia.gov.

Patent Attorney – Los Alamos National Laboratory – Los Alamos, New Mexico

Los Alamos National Laboratory Los Alamos National Laboratory is seeking an experienced patent attorney (Job # IRC7249) to provide professional legal services relating to the intellectual property (IP) and technology transfer (TT) functions.

Specific areas of responsibility include: participating in the invention disclosure review process, subsequent patent prosecution together with participation in agreements related to the licensing and technology transfer, review of procurement issues involving intellectual property matters, and copyright matters including advising on open source software issues. The IP Attorney will provide legal advice and counseling to Laboratory managers and employees regarding the legal aspects of patents and the patenting process, licensing transactions, copyrights and other intellectual property matters. This position will be required to: establish and implement IP strategies and work with inventors and management to ensure IP strategies and efforts interact with and support LANS institutional strategies; the attorney also will be encouraged to develop and/or implement Corporate IP management practices; and identify areas for improvement of business practices in support of the organization's focus on preventive law and protection of IP rights. As part of a large legal organization responsible for all Laboratory legal affairs, the selected candidate must be able to work cooperatively within a multi-disciplined legal organization. Other responsibilities can include the preparation of memoranda, legal opinions, letters and other writings related to intellectual property matters.

Minimum Job Requirements:
• Eight years patent law experience, including review of invention disclosures, development of patenting strategy with inventors, drafting patent applications, and prosecuting patent applications in USPTO;
• Regardless of technical background, demonstrated ability to work with inventors in a variety of areas and manage and coordinate with outside patent counsel in patent prosecution;
• Knowledge of the rules governing the practice of law, and the ability to identify and resolve ethical issues.

Desired Skills:
• Background in one of the following technical areas: (1) computers and associated software through an undergraduate or graduate degree in computer science, physics or electrical engineering, and experience in open source copyright issues including conducting open source software investigations and providing advice on the associated risks and benefits of using an open source software process; or (2) biotechnology through an undergraduate or graduate degree in biology or biochemistry degree.
• Experience in intellectual property licensing issues, and working with clients such as Universities, government entities, or national laboratories in fulfillment of a technology transfer mission.
• Demonstrated organizational and time management skills, with a pragmatic orientation and flexible approach;
• Strong interpersonal skills to include verbal and written communications.
• General knowledge and experience with software and technologies used in a modern legal office including patent docketing and matter management systems.

Note to applicants:
A Juris Doctorate from an ABA accredited law school and a technical degree as noted above. An active registration before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and at least one state bar is necessary.

A writing sample will be required of applicants selected for an interview. Due to the high volume of applicants, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Contact:
To apply: http://bit.ly/IRC7249

The LANL job application system will be offline June 13 – 18. Please submit your application prior to June 13 (Wednesday) or after June 18 (Monday).

EEO/AA

Additional Info:
Employer Type: Government
Job Location: Los Alamos, New Mexico 

Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile and is a center for research in a wide range of scientific disciplines, including space exploration, geophysics, renewable energy, supercomputing, medicine, and nanotechnology.

Organization Overview
The Office of Laboratory Counsel (LC) provides legal counsel in business law (including risk management); intellectual property; litigation management and benefits; employment and labor law; and legal environmental, safety and health. This Office also serves as the primary source of legal advice and counsel to all levels of management on complex legal issues that affect the Laboratory. The Intellectual Property (IP) Group provides advice and support on intellectual property issues including patents, invention disclosures, patent application preparation and intellectual property clauses in the prime contract.

Patent Attorney – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory – Berkeley, Calif.

The Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Management DepartmentThe Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property Management Department is looking for an experienced Patent Attorney to help in its mission to protect and best position intellectual property in the physical sciences for commercialization. In this role you will work with cutting edge science and diverse technologies that can impact the world.

Key Responsibilities:
Working in a highly collaborative environment, you will:
• Prepare and file patent applications. Using the invention disclosure, other documents, and interviews with the inventors, draft patent applications as requested by Licensing associate responsible for the case. Conduct preliminary patent searches, review proposed publications for issues of patentability utilizing knowledge of U.S. and foreign intellectual property laws. Independently establish priorities to accomplish objectives and meet all bar dates. Coordinate and supervise work of external counsel on assigned cases that have been sent out; review associated legal bills for accuracy, reasonableness and compliance with Contract requirements.
• Prosecute patents. Review Office Actions/Examiner Reports from US Patent and Trademark Office and those of other jurisdictions. Assess and analyze complex patentability issues with potentially significant impact to the Laboratory. Independently prepare arguments or claim amendments responsive to the Office Actions/Examiner Reports. Coordinate and supervise such work of outside counsel on assigned cases.
• Perform legal review. Evaluate and analyze complex invention disclosures and interact with scientists/inventors to monitor for developments. Review licenses, options and other agreements as assigned. Evaluate university rights relative to new inventions. Conduct complex patent infringement analyses and evaluate contract provisions. Interacts with Lab Management, outside management, and attorneys on assigned negotiations.
• Provide collegial advice and review to fellow patent practitioners, and participate in process improvement activities.

Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s or advanced degree in applicable science or engineering field of study (preferably physics, material sciences or related field), as well as a law degree and admission to California state bar with at least 5 years experience as a Patent Agent or Patent Attorney; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Demonstrated proficiency in knowledge of patent preparation, prosecution, and enforcement
• Proven technical proficiency in assigned scientific area.
• Registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
• Ability to manage and analyze a number of complex cases that hold a potentially significant impact to the organization.
• Ability to independently review, negotiate and approve legal bills.
• Demonstrated analytical abilities, with demonstrated ability to identify and resolve complex problems.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills, to effectively communicate with all levels of internal and external personnel.
• Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to manage collaboratively and diplomatically with internal peers and colleagues, administrative support staff, scientists and engineers, senior management, as well as external attorneys with ability to obtain concurrence from key stakeholders.

Contact:
Apply directly online at http://bit.ly/lbl74251Patently-O and follow the on-line instructions to complete the application process.

Berkeley Lab is an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer committed to the development of a safe and diverse workforce.

Additional Info:
Employer Type: Government
Job Location: Berkeley, California

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory addresses the world’s most urgent scientific challenges by advancing sustainable energy, protecting human health, creating new materials, and revealing the origin and fate of the universe. Founded in 1931, Berkeley Lab’s scientific expertise has been recognized with 13 Nobel prizes. The University of California manages Berkeley Lab for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Read about the excellent Total Rewards Program at Berkeley Lab. For more about the TTIPM department, visit www.lbl.gov/Tech-Transfer/

Patent Attorney – NASA Ames Research Center – Santa Clara County, Calif.

NASAThe Office of the Chief Counsel (Code DL) at NASA Ames Research Center seeks interested candidates for a mid- to senior-level patent attorney position, capable of working independently. The candidate would have primary patent prosecution responsibilities for the Center, and provide legal advice and guidance in the areas of patent, trademark, copyright, government procurements, and licensing.  Salary will be commensurate with experience ($96,867.00 with potential up to $155,500.00 per year).

Contact:
Interested candidates should apply through the Office of Personnel Management USAJOBS website Job Announcement Number AR12N0001 ( http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/303764800 ), or mail a resume that is to be received no later than December 16, 2011, to Chief Counsel, NASA Ames Research Center, Mail Stop 200-12, Moffett Field, CA 94035.

Additional Info:
Employer Type: Government
Job Location: Moffett Field, California

Patent Assistants – Sandia National Laboratories – Albuquerque, N.M. (Updated)

Sandia National Laboratories Sandia National Laboratoriesis one of the country's largest research and engineering laboratories in the nation, employing over 8,000 people at major facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Livermore, California. We make enduring contributions to secure our society against high consequence terrorist threats and national incidents through effective use of science, technology, and systems solutions. Please visit our website at www.sandia.gov. We are searching for Patent Assistants for the Legal Technology Transfer Center for the Albuquerque facility. The salary is commensurate. A benefit package is available. Must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Security Clearance.  

Review and act upon materials received from USPTO, preparing draft materials responsive to USPTO for attorney review and/or completion, maintaining attorney dockets, maintaining patent database (database entry, errors checks), and maintaining hardcopy files. Will act as primary support for one or more attorneys, including preparing materials for attorneys signature (missing parts, certificates of correction, engagement letters, etc.), calculating filing fees, conducting database searches for attorneys (reference prior art, private PAIR, etc.), filing materials in USPTO in accordance with federal rules, maintaining USPTO deposit account, and coordinate payment of patent maintenance fees.

Experience working with and understanding of the rules and regulations set forth by the United States Patent & Trademark Office, (USPTO); working in a patent prosecution environment within a law firm or in-house are required. Outstanding verbal and written communication skills, strong organizational skills, and a demonstrated ability to deal effectively with people at all levels of the organization, both internal and external to Sandia; self-motivated, work well under pressure and be able to prioritize work assignments with little supervision; proficient with Microsoft applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook); ability to maintain a professional demeanor in a fast-paced, demanding environment; ability to exercise great prudence in the protection of confidential and sensitive information; and adept at meeting frequent deadlines with constant interruptions while maintaining a high level of accuracy and attention to detail are all required.

Paralegal degree and experience with IP Management software (i.e. Thompson Rueters IP Manager or CPA Global Memotech or IPFoundation software suites) are desirables.

Contact:
Please apply online at http://www.sandia.gov/careers/search-openings.html, click Search for Openings, and reference Job ID Number: 639394.

U.S. Citizenship Normally Required. Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V.

Additional Info:
Employer Type: Government
Job Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico

Administrative Patent Judges – U.S. Patent and Trademark Office – Alexandria, Va.

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) The United States Patent and Trademark Office has openings for Administrative Patent Judges. The Administrative Patent Judge serves as a member of the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences (BPAI) of the USPTO. The BPAI has authority to hear and adjudicate appeals from decisions of Primary Examiners as to patentability in applications for patents, for reissue of patents, and for reexamination of patents; to declare and conduct proceedings in interferences; and to determine priority of invention.

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.

Contact:
For more details on job responsibilities and requirements and to apply online, click a specific link below based on your specialty:

http://t.co/A74l1P1 (Biotechnology)
http://t.co/5cqc5O1 (Mechanical)
http://t.co/1R2FC7N (Communications/Computers/Electrical)

Additional Info:
Employer Type: Government
Job Location: Alexandria, Virginia

Patent & Licensing Attorney – Sandia National Laboratories – Albuquerque, N.M.

Sandia National Laboratories Sandia National Laboratoriesis one of the country's largest research and engineering laboratories in the nation, employing over 8,000 people at major facilities in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Livermore, California. We make enduring contributions to secure our society against high consequence terrorist threats and national incidents through effective use of science, technology, and systems solutions. Please visit our website at www.sandia.gov. We are searching for a Patent and Licensing Attorney for the Legal Technology Transfer Center at the Albuquerque facility. The salary is commensurate. A benefit and relocation package is available. Must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE security clearance. 

Responsible for counseling on licensing activities, negotiations and contracts; and all aspects of patent protection, from reviewing invention disclosures, leading patent review committees, drafting patent applications, reviewing applications prepared by outside counsel, prosecuting patent applications in USPTO, conducting prior art searches, and otherwise supporting technology transfer activities of major national laboratory.

U.S. law degree from an ABA accredited law school, admission to practice in at least one U.S. state and current registration with the USPTO is required. Requires excellent academic qualifications with 3-7 years of law firm and/or in-house experience in intellectual property licensing and patent prosecution; must be a member of the State Bar of New Mexico or be willing and able to become a member of the State Bar of New Mexico within two years of hire; and a degree in Chemical Engineering, Materials, Physics, Electrical Engineering or a relevant engineering discipline. Masters or PhD level education is preferred. Excellent analytical, interpersonal and communication skills and strong project, client management skills and a proven track record of success in the patent field are desirables.

Contact:
Please apply online at http://www.sandia.gov/careers/search-openings.html, click Search for Openings, and reference Job ID Number: 638689. 

U.S. Citizenship Normally Required. Equal Opportunity Employer. M/F/D/V.

Additional Info:
Employer Type: Government
Job Location: Albuquerque, New Mexico

IP Attorney – Naval Air Systems Command – Patuxent River, Md.

Naval Air Systems Command There is a vacancy for an intellectual property attorney within the Office of Counsel, Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), NAVAIR Headquarters, Patuxent River, Maryland. The incumbent is responsible for providing Intellectual Property and Technology advice to NAVAIR HQ competencies and personnel, Air Program Managers and Air Program Executive Officers. As the patent attorney at NAVAIR headquarters, the incumbent is responsible for coordinating the NAVAIR patent program to include coordinating policy and procedures to enhance the NAVAIR patent program and serving as liaison with seven other intellectual property attorneys assigned to three NAVAIR field activities. NAVAIR is an Echelon II command responsible for research, development, testing, procurement, and sustainment of the Navy’s air platforms, weapons, and support systems. Many NAVAIR systems use state-of-the-art technologies to meet the numero! us operational, maintenance, and training needs. The NAVAIR Office of Counsel provides legal advice with regard to Government procurement, Ethics, environmental law, personnel law, intellectual property, fiscal law, and administrative programs.

The incumbent will provide and coordinate a full range of intellectual property legal services, including counseling on intellectual property matters; counseling on contract and technology transfer matters, such as rights in inventions, patents, technical data and computer software, cooperative research and development agreements; other agreements, counseling on contract surveillance regarding invention disclosures; support of intellectual property litigation; resolving patent and copyright administrative claims; counseling on rights in technical data and computer software matters including preparation/negotiation of licenses; processing of invention security matters; preparing, drafting and prosecuting patent and trademark applications; and conducting training on intellectual property matters. The incumbent does not serve in a supervisory capacity but does serve as the lead for the NAVAIR Intellectual Property Community of Practice to include facilitating the flow of inform! ation and effective communication and coordination of intellectual property law and policy developments among all NAVAIR intellectual property attorneys and with Navy Patent Counsel, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Office of Naval Research, and other Government agencies. 

This position will be filled at the GS-15 pay grade. The successful candidate should be a dynamic leader, have extensive knowledge of intellectual property law, and be proactive in mentoring and embracing change. The successful candidate will have exceptional legal skills. However, equally important is the candidate’s ability to develop and maintain strong, effective working relationships with clients, other attorneys located at NAVAIR, NAVAIR field activities, or elsewhere within the Navy or other agencies. To this end, the successful candidate will demonstrate outstanding interpersonal skills, an ability to lead and work with other attorneys and personnel, and excellent written and verbal communication skills. To be eligible for selection the applicant must already be a GS-15 or have at least five and a half years experience practicing as an intellectual property attorney, have substantial experience in patent prosecution or invention disclosure, have a working knowledge! of other areas of government patent practice, and have a strong technical/scientific background. The successful candidate must be a U.S. citizen, have graduated from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, be an active member in good standing of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), be admitted to practice before a state or federal court, be registered and in good standing to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and be eligible to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.

Contact:
Potential applicants should contact Mr. Christopher J. Biglin, Deputy Counsel, NAVAIR at (301) 757-5986 or by email at Christopher.biglin@navy.mil for further information about the position and the office. 

Applicants should submit a resume; two legal writing samples; two most recent performance appraisals if available; and the names and telephone numbers of at least three references (other than current supervisors) who may be contacted. Send all documents to:

NAVAIRSYSCOMHQ
Office of Counsel, AIR-11.0
Attn: Kimberli Bartholomew
47123 Buse Road, Bldg 2272 Ste 257
Patuxent River, Maryland 20670-1547

*** SPECIAL NOTE *** Applications also may be submitted electronically to Kimberli.Bartholomew@navy.mil. It is recommended that applications be sent by Federal Express or similar delivery services due to possible security delays in normal mail delivery. 

This personnel notice will close on June 24, 2011, and applications must be received by that date to be considered. 

If the successful applicant is not a current member of the Navy Office of General Counsel, processing of the hiring action can only commence after submission of those items identified in the “Instructions for New OGC Attorneys” (see Careers section of http://www.ogc.navy.mil).

Applicants eligible for Veterans’ Preference must specifically claim such eligibility in their cover letter, identify the basis for the claim, and include supporting documentation (e.g. DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) with their submission. Not all veterans are preference eligible. For a summary of time periods, campaigns, and conditions that entitle an applicant to preference eligibility, please visit www.opm.gov/veterans and review the “Vets Info Guide” and the “Vets Guide.” There is no formal rating system for applying Veterans’ Preference for attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of the Navy Office of the General Counsel considers veterans’ preference eligibility a positive factor in the attorney hiring process. Applicants who do not claim and do not provide adequate supporting documentation for Veterans’ Preference will not receive this positive factor consideration.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

Additional Info:
Employer Type: Government
Job Location: Patuxent River, Maryland

Patent Examiner – United States Patent and Trademark Office – Alexandria, Va.

The USPTO USPTOis seeking experienced intellectual property (IP) professionals to fill positions as Patent Examiners. ARE YOU AN IP PROFESSIONAL who can scrutinize patent applications, determine the scope of protection claimed by inventors, research relevant technologies, and communicate findings and decisions to patent practitioners and/or inventors?The USPTO wants you!

The USPTO is hiring experienced IP professionals for Patent Examiner positions. MULTIPLE VACANCIES are available!

We Are Seeking:
• experienced IP professionals for all patent technology centers;
• knowledgeable IP professionals in administrative and legal matters associated with the patents process;
• IP professionals with the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing.

What’s In It for You?
• receive a four (4) week period of formal training in the Patent Training Academy;
• opportunities to use the sum of your valuable IP experience and knowledge to contribute to a strong global economy;
• an attractive and competitive compensation/benefits package.

Key Requirements:
• US Citizenship.
• Transcripts are required.

Required Qualifications:
Successful completion of a full 4-year course of study in an accredited college or university leading to a bachelor’s or higher degree that included a major field of study or specific course requirements in one of the following disciplines: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Pharmacology, Petroleum Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Food Technology and Chemistry.

In addition of the Basic Qualification Requirements, you must have had one year of specialized experience in Patent Prosecution.

Contact:
This position is being advertised at the General Schedule (GS) 11 grade level ($69,899.00 – $90,866.00 USD/year) with promotion potential to the GS 13 grade levels ($95,326.00 – 123,923.00 USD/year). To find out more about this exciting opportunity and the qualifications requirements (specialized experience); please visit our vacancy announcements at: www.USPTOcareers.gov.

Complete details and specific job application requirements are included in the job posting on www.USPTOcareers.gov. To be considered for this position, you must apply online.

Additional Info:
Employer Type: Government
Job Location: Alexandria, Virginia

Work in a place where your intellectual property patent skills and your engineering or scientific degree can help keep American ingenuity on the cutting edge. Every day at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), our Patent Examiners witness groundbreaking scientific and technological progress, while playing a major role in granting exclusive rights to inventors.

The USPTO, headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, provides an enticing work environment supported by flexible work schedules, a casual dress policy, and payment of a transit subsidy. There is a substantial benefits package including enhanced federal government salary rates, vacation and sick leave, performance bonuses, health benefits, and a comprehensive retirement package, not to mention job security.

Sr. Patent Attorney – Government – Richland, Wash.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), a nationally and internationally recognized research and development lab based in Washington State, is looking for a Sr. Patent Attorney to work in our Richland, Washington office (Job ID: 300347).

This is a great opportunity to work with a one-billion dollar government institution that is making a difference in advancing science and helping solve some of the world's toughest challenges in energy, environment and national security.  PNNL was recently honored in Washington’s Best Places to Work competition, sponsored by the Puget Sound Journal of Business. We offer an array of benefits including tuition reimbursement plans, excellent health insurance and robust relocation packages.

The Senior Patent Attorney is expected to be an individual contributor with extensive experience and will be considered an expert in the practice of intellectual property law with a particular emphasis on patent law.  While this position administratively reports through the Intellectual Property Legal Services Department (IPLS) Patent Group, the incumbent will be involved with and influence most aspects of the IPLS mission and objectives. The incumbent serves in a key IPLS role impacting work product delivery and quality to meet customer demand.

This position is responsible and accountable for participating in the day-to-day IP protection functions of Battelle and PNNL with particular emphasis on:  (i) invention identification; and (ii) securing of rights for these inventions by understanding and reviewing appropriate reporting mechanisms and the preparation and prosecution of patent applications teaching and claiming the inventions.  At least 200 inventions have been reported by PNNL staff for each of the last four years.  The incumbent will be required to coordinate with a various interested organizations at PNNL, particularly Technology Commercialization, and elsewhere to determine whether a patent application should be filed to protect an invention.  IPLS files approximately 75-100 patent applications, responds to approximately 250 Office Actions, and spends more than $2 million on patent application preparation and prosecution activities per year.  Most PNNL patent applications have historically been filed by retained outside counsel.  However, the last three years have seen a marked increase in patent application filings and prosecution actions using in-house patent agents and patent attorneys. The emphasis on in-house patent practice provides Battelle with an average savings of $5000 per patent application filing.  An experienced patent practitioner is expected to be able to file a patent application of average complexity with less than 40 hours of charged labor.

This position is also responsible for providing advisory support and services to the IPLS IP Transactions Group.  The required support activities include but are not limited to providing guidance, support and legal advice regarding licensing, Government contracts, copyright, and trademark activities.  IP Transactions Group activities contribute to the receipt of more than $4 million in license revenues and $18 million in total consideration received by Battelle at PNNL in each of the last two years.

The incumbent is expected to provide independent legal advice regarding all forms of intellectual property (patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, etc.) directly to PNNL and Battelle officers, managers, and employees with little or no involvement or direct supervision by the Managing Patent Attorney or the IPLS Manager.  This attorney has recognized patent law expertise including a command of the theory and principles pertinent thereto and has:  (i) demonstrated the ability to work effectively with the United States Patent and Trademark Office without supervision; and (ii) the ability to mentor and train other patent practitioners.  This position retains and assists with outside counsel management.

Responsibilities & Accountabilities:
The Senior Patent Attorney will be expected to independently perform all aspects of a highly experienced patent attorney in a challenging and dynamic professional environment.  This position would be roughly equivalent to an equity partner position in an intellectual property law firm.  The incumbent will work on a variety of projects while addressing walk-in issues from management and staff.  The Senior Patent Attorney will provide comprehensive legal advice and services at an expert level in all areas of intellectual property law including but not limited to patents, copyrights, trademark, and trade secrets.  Legal advice and services rendered in these areas may be applied to activities such as perfecting rights in intellectual property of all forms, revenue producing transactions involving intellectual property, litigation, and client counseling.

The Senior Patent Attorney will be a trusted advisor to all levels of PNNL and Battelle management and staff.  This position will provide legal advice and services for day-to-day activities, corporate strategic initiatives, and everything in between.  The incumbent will also serve as a resource for IPLS staff requiring guidance and mentoring to deliver high value legal solutions to customers.  The Senior Patent Attorney will have the ability to grasp, articulate, and frame legal advice and services within the context of and in alignment with PNNL and Battelle strategy and prudent risk thresholds.  Accordingly, the Senior Patent Attorney must identify high risk issues and then work with PNNL and Battelle management and staff to develop and implement creative, cost effective legal solutions to mitigate risk.  Failure to positively influence managerial and staff decision making to effectively mitigate known and foreseeable risks will most likely result in negative impacts to Battelle’s ability to accomplish major strategic initiatives, comply with 1830 Contract requirements, and meet fiscal goals and objectives.

The Senior Patent Attorney will face numerous challenges when representing Battelle’s intellectual property interests.  Most notably, the Senior Patent Attorney will be challenged to:

• Provide cost effective, timely, and creative legal solutions to assist Battelle management and staff in the fulfillment of the PNNL mission;
• Establish and maintain a positive rapport with all levels of PNNL and Battelle management and staff that will allow open communication and proactive legal action to minimize the potential for mission or project interruption and promote management and staff confidence in in-house legal resources;
• Provide considered legal advice with little opportunity to conduct legal research to support the basis for a legal position;
• Maintain currency with changes in intellectual property law and work with IPLS staff so they understand the implications of precedent on the conduct of their duties;
• Communicate complex intellectual property legal concepts and principles in a manner that non-lawyers will understand and comply with; and
• Maintain an understanding of intellectual property law and relevant technologies that will allow prompt if not immediate analysis of complex fact patterns and issues involving mixed questions of law and fact.
• Independently assess and balance client priorities to meet customer demand for legal services in view of PNNL and Battelle long range goals and objectives in a timely and cost effective manner with little or no direct supervision.

Significant Roles of Senior Patent Attorney:
Fulfilling the Senior Patent Attorney’s responsibilities to the intellectual property identification and protection process at a national laboratory requires a detailed knowledge of:  (i) patent, copyright, and trademark law; and (ii) the requirements for technical information, inventions and the patent application process imposed by the U.S. Government (particularly the Department of Energy) through statutes, regulations, contracts, orders, and procedures.  This position requires that the incumbent have the knowledge and credibility to retain and direct the activities of numerous outside counsel, Technology Commercialization management and staff, research management and staff, and Battelle management at PNNL and elsewhere.

The incumbent will be considered by Battelle management as an “expert” with regard to the handling and management of the patent process for inventions and Subject Inventions conceived or first actually reduced to practice by PNNL staff.  The incumbent will have a comprehensive and thorough understanding of the theory and principles associated with the practice of intellectual property law.  The incumbent will function as an individual contributor in matters relating to intellectual property law but may provide input to IPLS managerial issues including preparation of Staff Development Reports (SDRs) for IPLS staff.

Some of the specific activities that the Senior Patent Attorney will be responsible for include but are not limited to:  (1) participating in the day-to-day Battelle intellectual property protection functions (with particular emphasis on invention identification, reporting and patent procurement) in a national laboratory environment; (2) mentoring and training patent attorneys and patent agents in the conduct of these functions; (3) providing the IPLS Manager and Managing Patent Attorney with performance feedback for IPLS staff SDR reviews; (4) working with Battelle senior management to develop and implement intellectual property protection strategies for PNNL and Battelle; (5) interacting with legal, technical, and senior level management at other Battelle facilities to assist with the design and implementation of corporate intellectual property strategy; (6) educating PNNL staff regarding intellectual property protection obligations and procedures; (7) providing advice and counsel to internal staff and external clients (with particular emphasis on the PNNL Technology Commercialization staff).  This position plays a critical role in achieving the strategic intellectual property goals and objectives of Battelle and PNNL and is critical to secure protection of Battelle’s and PNNL’s intellectual property, ensure successful deployment of Battelle intellectual property, and comply with Battelle’s 1830 and 1831 contracts.

The overall job scope will include but will not be limited to:
• Mentoring and training PNNL staff in the identification and procurement of invention reports and patents thereon;
• Advice and counsel Battelle management in Columbus and other Battelle facilities regarding the rights of Battelle and the U.S. Government in intellectual property generated at a Battelle managed or co-managed laboratory;
• Advice and counsel PNNL management and customers regarding rights in intellectual property generated at PNNL and the process for protecting such intellectual property;
• Coordination with the PNNL Legal Department Manager on general legal issues including litigation that involve Battelle’s intellectual property;
• Interaction and coordination with the Battelle Intellectual Property Legal Department in Columbus;
• Retention and management of outside legal counsel;
• Assist with the design and implementation of an intellectual property education program for PNNL management and staff;
• Maintain communications and positive working relationships with Department of Energy legal staff including but not limited to the DOE-HQ Assistant General Counsel for Intellectual Property and the DOE-ORO and DOE-BSO patent attorneys that provide oversight for PNNL intellectual property and technology transfer issues;
• Maintain communications and positive working relationships with oversight personnel at DOE-PNSO to promote their confidence in Battelle’s ability to manage PNNL in compliance with its obligations under the management and operating contract;
• Maintain productive relationships with peers at other DOE national laboratories including national laboratories that are managed or co-managed by Battelle;
• Mentor IPLS patent lawyers, patent agents, and legal coordinator; and
• Individual contributions including but not limited to drafting and prosecuting domestic and foreign patent applications.

The Senior Patent Attorney is a key participant in the IPLS intellectual property identification and protection functions at PNNL.  This includes mentoring and training patent attorneys, patent agents, legal coordinators (paralegals), support staff, and retained outside counsel.  The incumbent will be responsible for providing the IPLS Manager and the Managing Patent Attorney with input for periodic and annual professional performance feedback and annual SDRs for IPLS staff.

This position retains and manages the work product of numerous retained outside firms in the procurement of patents in both the U.S. and foreign patent offices, both as to quality, timeliness, budget and the relationship/interaction with Battelle staff.

This position interacts with Department of Energy patent attorneys in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, San Francisco, California, and Washington, D.C. and with oversight personnel in the Pacific Northwest Site Office regarding the identification of IP and procurement of patents thereon, both in matters of policy and also implementation of policy/regulations/statutes.

This position works with Battelle corporate patent staff in Columbus to resolve intellectual property legal issues having relevance multiple Battelle corporate interests contribute to the development and implementation of corporate policy, assist with corporate issues that impact PNNL.
This position routinely works with the PNNL Technology Commercialization staff to develop and implement practices and procedures for identification and protection of intellectual property at PNNL.
   
This position prepares and prosecutes domestic and foreign patent applications and serves as a mentor and trainer for other practitioners that need to develop preparation and prosecution skills.

Qualifications:
• Undergraduate degree in a natural science or engineering discipline;
• Advanced degree in a natural science or engineering discipline is preferred but not required;
• Juris Doctorate from an ABA-accredited university;
• Licensed to practice law and represent clients by a state bar association;
• Licensed to practice law and represent clients before  the United States Patent and Trademark Office;
• At least 10 years of practice as a patent attorney in either a law firm or a corporate intellectual property law office;
• Detailed understanding of and experience with practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office;
• Detailed understanding of the Patent Cooperation Treaty, and practice there under;
• Intimate knowledge of and familiarity with statutes and regulations relating to intellectual property arising from U.S. Government contracts;
• Knowledge of and experience with the U.S. Department of Energy management and operating contracts and regulations and policies regarding intellectual property arising from a DOE national laboratory;
• Excellent written and oral communication skills; and
• Ability to develop corporate policy and act upon such policy independently.

Minimum Requirements:
Juris Doctorate plus 10 years of related experience.  Bachelor’s degree in a natural science or engineering discipline.

Preferred Education:
Advanced degree in a natural science or engineering discipline is preferred.

Other Information:
Position requires ability to obtain multiple Security Clearances

Contact:
Apply online by visiting http://www.jobs.pnl.gov and searching for Job ID 300347.

Additional Info:
Employer Type: Government
Job Location: Richland, Washington

About Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is a Department of Energy laboratory, reporting to the Office of Science. PNNL advances the fundamental understanding of complex chemical, physical and biological systems and provides science-based solutions to some of the nation’s most pressing challenges in national security, energy and the environment. We accomplish this mission through the outstanding research and development activities of our staff, excellence in operations and high-value partnerships.  PNNL has approximately 4,600 researchers and staff located at the main campus in Richland, Wash., the Sequim Marine Research Operations facility in Sequim, Wash., and at offices in Seattle, Wash., Portland, Ore., and Washington, D.C.  Battelle, a global science and technology enterprise headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, manages the laboratory for DOE.