Salary $72,750 - $94,581 a year job type full-time
Full job description
This is an entry-level position.
This vacancy is developed for licensed applicants seeking an attorney advisor positionThese positions are located in the office of the commissioner for trademarks, trademark examining groups.
Applicants hired under this vacancy announcement (except in particular circumstances concerning current/former federal government employees with significant relevant trademark experience) will have grade/pay set at the gs-0905-11/step 1 level, ($72,750) per annum.
The physical worksite for this position is located in [ alexandria/virginia ]However, the united states patent and trademark office (uspto) is currently under a maximum telework posture due to the covid-19 pandemic; therefore, this position is currently under a 100 percent telework scheduleThe position`s telework schedule will likely change in the future when uspto moves away from its maximum telework postureAt that time, the incumbent will be expected to report to the physical work site in accordance with the updated status requirements of their supervisorThe nature and scope of future telework opportunities will be subject to the unit`s telework policy, any applicable bargaining unit agreements, and supervisory approvalPayment of relocation expenses, as applicable, will be paid in accordance with this job opportunity announcement.
As an attorney advisor, you will …
Be responsible for the complete ex parte examination of applications for the registration of trademarks to ensure compliance with the trademark act of 1946 and related statutes.
Conduct preliminary review of applications which may pose complex factual and legal questions; analyze the record; evaluate facts; and determine questions of law.
Recommend approval of a mark for publication for opposition or draft the final position of the agency.
Meet with counsel in order to resolve issues that arise during examination.
Prepare cases for ex parte appeal to the trademark trial and appeal board.
These positions are projected to start in march 2022.
Job family (series)
Conditions of employment
You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.
You must be a united states citizen or national.
You must possess an active bar membership of any state.
You must possess a law degree.
You are required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.
You must be registered for selective service, if applicable (www.sss.gov) suitable for federal employment.
You may be required to complete a two-year trial period.
You must be suitable for federal employment.
The office of personnel management (opm) has not issued qualification standards for attorney positionsUspto sets minimum qualifications for attorney positions and sets forth these qualifications in each vacancy announcemen t.
To be eligible for this position, you must:
1Be a u.sCitizen or national
2Meet the following education requirement: possess juris doctor (j.d.) degree or masters of laws (ll.m.) degree from an american bar association accredited law school (with active plan to sit for the bar of any state, district of columbia, puerto rico, or any territorial court under the constitution).
3Be an `active` member of the bar in good standing of any state, district of columbia, puerto rico, or any territorial court under the u.sConstitution with your application by the closing of the vacancy announcement.
If selected, the above qualifications must be maintained throughout the period of employment.
Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through national service programs (e.g., peace corps, americorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social)Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employmentYou will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.
To meet minimum eligibility requirements for this position, applicants must possess at least a masters of laws (ll.m.) degree, a bachelor of laws (ll.b) degree or juris doctor (j.d.) degree from an aba accredited law school.
Special instructions for foreign education: qualifying education from colleges and universities in foreign countries must be evaluated in terms of equivalency to that acquired in u.sColleges and universitiesApplicants educated in whole or in part in foreign countries must submit sufficient evidence, including transcripts, to an accredited private organization for an equivalency evaluation of course work and degreeA listing of these accredited organizations can be found on the department of education`s website - us department of educationAnother listing of services that an perform this evaluation is available at the national association of credential evaluation services (naces)You must provide a copy of the letter containing the results of the equivalency evaluation with a course by course listing along with your applicationFailure to provide such documentation when requested will result in lost consideration.
Note: only education and experience acquired before the filing deadline will be consideredReport only attendance and/or degrees from schools accredited by accrediting institutions recognized by the u.sDepartment of education.
Applicants applying for this position must be a united states citizen.
If you are a male applicant born after december 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the selective service systemIf you are exempt from registration under selective service law, you must provide appropriate proof of exemptionPlease visit the selective service system website for more information.
This is a bargaining unit position.
This is a public trust position and has a risk level designation of ` moderate`.
Background investigation - if selected for this position, you may be required to complete a declaration for federal employment (of-306), which includes a fingerprint and credit check, to determine your suitability for federal employment and to authorize a background investigation.
The uspto participates in e-verifyFor more information on e-verify, please visit the department of homeland security website.
Trial period - if selected, you may be required to complete a two-year trial period.
All federal employees are required to have federal salary payments made by direct deposit to a financial institution of their choice.
Relocation expenses are not authorized and will not be paid.
More than one selection may be made from this announcement if additional identical vacancies in the same title, series, grade, and unit occur within 90 days from the date the certificate was issued.
All application materials become the property of the united states patent and trademark office.
The united states patent and trademark office is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and 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 factorsIf you believe that you have been discriminated against and would like to file an eeo complaint, you must do so within 45 days of the date of the alleged discriminatory actClaims of employment discrimination must be submitted to the attention of the uspto`s office of equal employment opportunity & diversity via email (email@example.com) or phone (571-272-8292).
How you will be evaluated
You will be evaluated for this job based on how well you meet the qualifications above.
Your eligibility for consideration and qualifications for the position will be determined based upon a review of your detailed resume.
Please note: writing samples may be requested prior to being interviewed.
Your resume and any other supporting documentation will be evaluated by a human resources specialistFalsifying your background, education, and/or experience is cause for not hiring you.
Please note that a complete application is required for consideration(please review the `required documents` section of this job announcement to see what must be included in a complete application).
Background checks and security clearance
Drug test required
Position sensitivity and risk
Moderate risk (mr)
Trust determination process
A complete application consists of the following documents:
1A resume or any other written format you choose to describe your job-related qualifications; optional cover letter: you are strongly encouraged to upload a one- or two-page standard format resume (pdf or ms word format) in addition or in lieu of any resume built on usajobsYour resume should indicate your citizenship and should list your educational and work experience including job titles, salary, employment dates, duties and accomplishmentsThe submission of a cover letter briefly detailing your interest in the position is also strongly encouragedAny experience claimed in a cover letter should be substantiated by information contained in your resume.
2Law school transcripts: you must submit copies of your law school transcripts for verification of the education requirementsUnofficial copies are acceptable, however, if selected you will be required to furnish official transcriptsIt is your responsibility to provide adequate proof that you meet the above educational requirementsInadequate or illegible information could result in non-qualification and loss of consideration.
3Bar membership documentation: you must submit documentation showing that you are an active member of the bar in good standing of any state, district of columbia, puerto rico, or any territorial court under the u.sConstitutionThis letter and/or certificate should be dated within the last six months of the closing date of this job announcementIf you are unable to obtain this information by the closing date of this announcement, you must contact the hr specialist listed on this announcement to make other arrangements prior to the closing date of the announcement.
*your application and all required documents must be received by 11 :59 pm et on the closing date of this job announcement.*
Supporting documents that may be requested of applicants after the closing date of this announcement are:
1Written narrative - you may be asked to submit a writing sample at a later date in the form of a written narrative answering specific questionsPlease do not submit any documents that have not been specifically requested at the time of appl yingDo not submit any writing sample not explicity requested or requiredSuch documents will not be reviewed as part of the application.
2Notification of personnel action (sf-50) - for current and/or former federal employees, your status eligibility and highest permanent grade/step/salary held in the federal service will be validated with a copy of your most recent sf-50, `notification of personnel action`.
3Veterans` preference documentation, if applicable: attorney advisor positions are in the excepted service, not the competitive civil serviceThere is no formal rating system for applying veterans` preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the uspto considers veterans` preference eligibility as a positive factor consideration in the hiring processIf you are a veteran with preference eligibility, you will be asked to submit a copy of your dd-214 containing your discharge disposition, dates of service, and rankIf you are a preference eligible claiming a service connected disability of 10 percent or more, you will be asked to submit documentation (i.eA letter dated 1991 or later from the department of veterans affairs or from a branch of the armed forces) certifying to the veteran`s present receipt of compensationVeterans must include dates of military service within the automated application process, and submit a copy of each certificate of release or discharge from active duty, dd-214For more information, please visit special appointing authorities for veterans (http://www.opm.gov/staffingportal/vetguide.asp#6)
4Career transition assistance program (ctap) or lnteragency career transition assistance program (ictap) documentation: applicants will be asked to submit: (1) a copy of your specific rif notice, written notice of your expected separation or other documentation of priority consideration status; (2) a copy of your latest sf-50 noting current position, grade level, and duty location; (3) a copy of your last performance appraisal including your rating; and (4) any documentation from your agency that shows your current promotion potential.
You can choose one of the following methods to submit supporting documents: you can upload your documents when you register or update your information on the deptOf commerce site which you access through the usajobs site or you can fax your documents to 571-258-4254 using the system generated fax cover sheet.
Failure to provide all of the required information as stated in this vacancy announcement may result in an ineligible rating or may affect the overall rating.
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This job is open to
Career transition (ctap, ictap, rpl)
Federal employees who meet the definition of a `surplus` or `displaced` employee.
U.sCitizens, nationals or those who owe allegiance to the u.s.
Clarification from the agency
Applications will be accepted from all u.sCitizens or nationals.