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Patent Attorney

Redstone Arsenal, AL
Full Time
Job #: SWAT210498454327 Exp.: 3+ Years Salary: $132,386 - $172,102 Yearly
About the Position: This position is located at Headquarters, U.S. Army Materiel Command, Redstone Arsenal, AL.

If you are currently serving in a permanent, competitive service appointment in the Federal service, and are selected for this Excepted Service position, the appointment will remove you from the competitive service while you occupy the position.

Serves as Senior Legal Advisor to the Technology Transfer Program Manager. Assists in establishing policy in the execution Technology Transfer Program. Advises and negotiates Patent Law, Intellectual Property and related contracts for management. Advises and negotiates Patent Law, Intellectual Property and related contracts for management. Researches and advises on substantive laws regarding patent, copyrights, trade secrets and trademarks. Performs legal research and analysis, including patent searches, patent application preparation and prosecution, and the writing of infringement and validity opinions. Provides litigation support to Department of Defense, Department of Army and Department of Justice in patent, trademark, and copyright litigation and other claims. Writes information papers on Patent/ Intellectual Property law and presents information orally and in writing concerning Patent/Intellectual Property law. Coordinates patent legal efforts with other Army attorneys within Army Materiel Command, Army Materiel Command Legal Centers, Department of Army and Department of Defense.

Travel Required:
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

Supervisory status:

Promotion Potential:

Conditions of Employment:
Appointment may be subject to a suitability or fitness determination, as determined by a completed background investigation. This position requires the incumbent be able to obtain and maintain a determination of eligibility for a Top Secret security clearance sensitive compartmented information (TS/SCI) for access for the duration of employment. This position may require you to submit a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report (OGE 450) upon entry, and annually thereafter. This position is subject to a Temporary Duty or business travel requirement of 10% or less of the time. This position is a Testing Designated Position (TDP) and is subject to applicant testing and random drug testing in accordance with DA guidelines. This position requires the incumbent to obtain and maintain active bar membership, in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. territory, the District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. This position requires admission to the USPTO Patent Bar. A two year trial/probationary period may be required.

Who May Apply: Army Materiel Command Internal Candidates; and US Citizens.
Applicants will be evaluated to determine if they meet the minimum qualification requirements and on the extent to which their application shows possession of the following knowledge, skills and abilities (KSAs) associated with the position. KSA's:
Broad-based knowledge of intellectual property laws, pertaining to federal agencies, Government employees and Government contractors.
Knowledge of the technical and legal (substantive and procedural) requirements related to the protection of the Government's interest in patents (including experience in preparation and execution of patent applications before the US Patent and Trademark Office), copyrights and trademarks, avoidance of infringements and familiarity with the legal issues and principles related to the establishment, protection, defense and exploitation of the Government's legal rights in intellectual property.
Knowledge of federal acquisition laws, regulations and policy with specific knowledge of the laws and regulations applicable to rights in Government Contracts, Technology Transfers, Intellectual Property licensing and Data Rights.
Ability to analyze thoroughly and solve a wide variety of complex legal problems.
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. This requires demonstration of communication skills in writing and in speaking so that contracting officers, scientists, engineers, patent examiners, other Government personnel and Government contractors will understand content of the communication and respond in an appropriate/desired manner.

Qualification Requirements: Applicants must meet the following minimum qualification requirements:
  • Education: Assignments require the first professional law degree (Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) or Juris Doctorate (J.D.)). Applicants for initial appointment into attorney positions must be graduates of law schools accredited by the American Bar Association at the time of the applicant's graduation. The Army General Counsel may make an exception upon a showing that a candidate possesses superior qualifications and that no well-qualified candidates from accredited law schools are available.
  • Bar Membership: Applicants must be active members in good standing (as defined by the pertinent bar) of the bar of a State, territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
  • Professional Legal Experience:Applicants must possess more than 3 years of professional legal experience after admission to the bar commensurate with the duties of the position.
  • Admission to the USPTO Bar: Applicants must be admitted as an Attorney to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office, and applicants must provide their United States Patent Office Attorney Practitioner Registration Number on their resume or within 48 hours of request.
  • Time in Grade (current Federal employees): Candidates selected for advancement will normally have completed at least one year of service that is one grade lower than the position to be filled. The selecting official may request a waiver of the one year requirement in cases where hardship or inequity exists.

Notice of Veteran's Preference: There is no formal rating system for applying veteran's preference to attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of the Defense considers veterans' preference eligibility a positive factor for attorney hiring. Applicants eligible for veterans' preference must include that information in their cover letter or resume and attach supporting documentation (e.g., DD Form 214, "Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty") to their submissions.

Although the point-preference system is not used, applicants eligible to claim a 10-point preference must submit a Standard Form (SF) 15, "Application for 10-Point Veteran Preference", and supporting documentation required for the specific type of preference claimed. The SF 15 will identify the supporting documentation required along with the list of the types of 10-point preference. The SF 15 is available from the OPM at

Only degrees from an accredited college or university recognized by the Department of Education are acceptable to meet positive education requirements or to substitute education for experience. For additional information, please go to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and U.S. Department of Education websites at and

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Closing Date: 12th May, 2021

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