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.

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:

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