Patent Attorney – Government – China Lake, Calif.

The Dept. of Navy, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division is seeking a Patent Attorney to work in China Lake, California.

  • Notice Number: 104-17
  • Announcement Date: 11/06/2017
  • Closing Date: 12/7/2017
  • Command & Location: NAVAIR - NAWCWD China Lake, CA
  • Grade: DA-03/04/05/06
  • Position Title: Patent Attorney

The Navy and Marine Corps team offers innovative, exciting and meaningful work linking military and civilian talents to achieve our mission and safeguard our freedoms. The Department of the Navy Office of General Counsel has been serving the Department since 1941 and is committed to developing innovative legal solutions to the business and other challenges facing the Navy and Marine Corps to enhance the war fighting capability of the Naval Service. You’ll find our attorneys stationed across the United States and worldwide and working with Naval and Marine Corps personnel wherever the Navy's business is conducted.

There is an anticipated vacancy for an Assistant Counsel to serve as a Patent Attorney 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 (NAVAIR), providing research, development, test, evaluation, engineering and fleet support for Navy and Marine Corps weapons and weapons systems. The Office of Counsel, NAWCWD, employs 16 attorneys and support staff at China Lake and Pt. Mugu, CA, practicing primarily in the areas of federal acquisition law, civilian personnel/labor law, environmental law, intellectual property law, fiscal law, agreements, investigations, Freedom of Information/Privacy Act, ethics/standards of conduct, and litigation related to these areas.

The NAWCWD China Lake site is located onboard the Naval Air Weapons Station, in the Mojave Desert, approximately 150 miles north/northeast of Los Angeles, California. China Lake is within the Los Angeles-Long Beach Locality Pay Area. For information about Locality Pay, see For
information about NAVAIR and NAWCWD, see and The candidate selected for this position will provide a range of intellectual property services, including drafting and prosecuting patent applications, reviewing research publications for potentially patentable material, providing litigation support for patent infringement claims, resolving patent and copyright administrative claims, and counseling on contract and technology transfer intellectual property matters such as rights in inventions, patents, technical data, and computer software.

The position will be filled under the Science and Technology Reinvention Laboratory (STRL) personnel demonstration system, which is a pay for performance system using pay bands with salary ranges. The position will be filled in the Business and Program Management Pay Band DA-03/04/05 (comparable to GS-11/12/13). Although the Full Performance Level of the position is the DA-06 Pay Band (comparable to GS-14/15), the intent is to fill the position at the DA-03/04/05 level, with future advancement being subject to various factors (e.g., incumbent’s performance, office/client need, Office of the General Counsel (OGC) and client policies, budget, etc.). Pay will be set commensurate with the successful applicant’s qualifications, funding availability, and STRL pay setting guidelines.

To be eligible for selection at the DA-03 (GS-11 equivalent) level, applicants must have one year of legal experience. Recent law school graduates with less than one year of legal experience must have superior law student work or activities demonstrated by graduating in the top third of their law school class, 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. To be eligible for selection at the DA-04 (GS-12 equivalent) level, applicants must have two years of successful relevant legal experience. To be eligible for selection at the DA-05 (GS-13 equivalent) level, applicants must have in excess of two years of successful relevant legal experience.

Applicants will be evaluated on: 1) the depth, breadth and quality of their experience in technical areas related to NAWCWD’s mission; 2) recent and relevant experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications; 3) oral communication skills and ability to develop strong attorney-client relationships; 4) ability to work both independently and as part of a team; 5) research, analytical, and writing skills; and, 6) interpersonal skills. Applicants with a record of making significant contributions to the advancement of the Department of the Navy OGC or equivalent Office of the General Counsel or Law Firm/Office beyond the day to day legal practice are desired.

Requirements for the position include a Bachelor of Science or higher degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering, or other education and work experience clearly demonstrating an ability to perform the duties of the position, and particularly as those duties relate to the chemical arts. Experience in chemical/chemistry-related patent application preparation and prosecution is highly desired.

The successful applicant must have graduated from a law school that is accredited by the American Bar Association, be an active member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. Commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia, and be admitted before a state or federal court. U.S. citizenship is a requirement of the position, and the successful applicant must be able to obtain and maintain a SECRET clearance. Applicants must also be registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).


Applicants should submit: a cover letter; an SF-171, OF-612, or resume that includes the applicant’s employment and educational history, as well as a listing of state bars of which the applicant is an active member, and the applicant’s registration number to practice before the USPTO; two recent and relevant legal writing samples (up to ten pages each -- excerpts, to avoid exceeding the ten page limit, are acceptable); the two most recent performance appraisals (if available); and the names and telephone numbers of at least three references (other than current supervisor) who may be contacted as part of the application process (we will make every effort to advise applicants before current supervisors are contacted). Attorneys who graduated from law school after 2012 must provide a copy of their law school transcripts, including class rank.

Application file size must be under 7MB and must be submitted electronically to the following address: with copies to and

This announcement will close at 11:59 PM, EST, December 7, 2017. Applications must be received by this date to be considered.

If the successful applicant is not currently a member of the Department of the Navy Office of the 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

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 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 the positive factor consideration.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy or gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

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