Attorney Advisor (International)

Job #: OPIA-2019-0003 Exp.: 1 - 4 Years
Description:
Summary
  • Come work for the USPTO, we have been ranked as one of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government®!
  • The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been serving the economic interests of America for more than 200 years. The USPTO is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia. For more information about the USPTO, please visit the USPTO Careers Website.

Responsibilities
As a International Attorney Advisor, the selectee for this position will be responsible for:
  • Assisting the Chief Policy Officer and Director of International Affairs and the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and the Director of the USPTO in advising the President, through the Secretary of Commerce and Federal agencies on domestic and international intellectual property issues as well as U.S. treaty obligations, with a focus on China.
  • Rendering legal advice and guidance, technical assistance and analysis involving intellectual property policy, laws and enforcement on an international scale, with a focus on China, regarding obligations in bilateral and multilateral treaties and trade agreements.
  • Examining the adequacy and effectiveness of intellectual property rights protection pursuant to US law, including under the Special 301 provisions of the Trade Act of 1974.
  • Analyzing, evaluating, and taking into account, the objectives of the Under Secretary and the OPIA Director, recommends appropriate action on proposals for creating or amending agreements for the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, and represents or assists in representing the United States OPIA issues and explains and advocates approved positions.
  • Preparing briefing materials, papers, analyses, and testimony, as needed for the Under Secretary and other senior USPTO officials and the Department of Commerce officials with respect to legislative items or policy initiatives pertaining to China on which the USPTO is requested to testify.
  • Helping the China team to support United States Trade Representative (USTR), Department of State and other U.S. Government agencies in international negotiations and consultations, and assists with the drafting, reviewing, and implementation of intellectual property obligations in bilateral and multilateral treaties, trade agreements and negotiations, primarily as they relate to China.

Qualifications
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has not issued qualification standards for Attorney positions. However, the agency sets minimum qualifications for Attorney positions and sets forth these qualification for each vacancy announcement. You must meet all eligibility and qualifications requirements by the closing date of the job announcement.
To be eligible for this position, you must:
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or National
  • Meet the following education requirements: possess a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree or Master of Laws (LL.M) degree from an American Bar Association accredited law school.
  • Be a current member of the Bar in Good Standing of any state, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, or any U.S. territory.
  • Suitable for Federal employment.
  • Minimum of 1 year of experience in (1) Intellectual property issues in China or (2) Science and technology in China
  • Sufficient Chinese (Mandarin) language fluency to read, conduct research in Chinese, and to engage directly in Chinese with Chinese speaking officials, experts and stakeholders is preferred but not required.
In addition to the eligibility requirement listed above, you must have:
For the GS 14: three (3) years of the professional legal experience and one (1) year of specialized qualifying experience listed below:
For the GS 15: four (4) years of the professional legal experience and one (1) year of specialized qualifying experience listed below:
  • Professional law experience is experience that has equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform successfully the duties of the position to be filled.
  • This experience is characterized by breadth and depth of experience in rendering professional legal advice and services with respect to questions, regulations, practices, or other matters failing within the purview of a Federal government agency, private sector, law firm, or other organizations; preparing interpretive and administrative orders, rules, or regulations to give effect to the provisions of governing statutes or other requirements of law; drafting, negotiating, or examining contracts or other legal documents; drafting, preparing formal comments, or making substantive recommendations regarding proposed legislation; editing and preparing for publication statutes enacted by Congress and opinions or decisions of a court, commission, or board; drafting and reviewing decisions for consideration and adoption by an organization or official; conducting investigations to obtain facts; determining questions of law; and studying, analyzing and evaluating legal precedents, to present findings.
  • Legal work is described as complex and difficult and requires a high order of original and creative legal endeavor in balancing conflicting interests, has broad or wide-scope impact on an economy, industry, private or public interests, and may involve directly or indirectly very large sums of money.
  • Work may also involve acting as principal attorney in charge of the preparation and presentation of cases, recommending policies and developing procedures and regulations to implement new or amended legislation, and acting as legal, general, or senior counsel to a major firm or organization.
  • In addition to the specialized experience and professional experience required for this position, candidates must have a minimum of 1 year of experience in (1) Intellectual property issues in China or (2) Science and technology in China.
Specialized Experience
GS-14
Candidates for the GS-14 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower GS-13 grade level in the Federal service in the following:
  • Skill Set 1 - Rendering legal advice and guidance, and technical assistance involving intellectual property policies, laws and enforcement on an international scale.
  • Skill Set 2 - Preparing briefing materials, papers, and testimony for domestic and international intellectual property issues.
  • Skill Set 3 - Researching and analyzing intellectual property policies, laws and regulations in order to assist clients with intellectual property matters.
GS-15
Candidates for the GS-15 grade level must have at least 52 weeks of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower GS-14 grade level in the Federal service in the following:
  • Skill Set 1 - Independently rendering legal advice and guidance, and technical assistance involving intellectual property policies, laws and enforcement on an international scale.
  • Skill Set 2 - Independently designing strategies for presenting information on issues of importance regarding intellectual property to senior management.
  • Skill Set 3 - Analyzing intellectual property policies and laws in order to advise clients and senior management on international intellectual property matters.
  • In addition to the specialized experience and professional experience required for this position, candidates must have a minimum of 1 year of experience in (1) Intellectual property issues in China or (2) Science and technology in China.

Education
  • The minimum education requirement for this position is a conferred Juris Doctor (J.D.) or Masters of Laws (L.L.B). from an accredited college or university.
  • You are required to submit a copy of your law degree transcripts prior to the close of this vacancy announcement. Please refer to the "Required Documents" section of this announcement for more information regarding transcripts.
  • You must be in good standing and hold an active bar membership from any U.S. state, territory, or Washington, D.C. Proof of active bar membership in good standing must be submitted with your application, prior to the close of this vacancy announcement.


Closing Date: 28th March, 2019
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