Closing Date: 7th July, 2022

Description:

Summary:
The primary purpose of this position is to provide Intellectual Property and patent prosecution and technology transfer counseling, legal advice, and services including: conducting legal and scientific research; preparing and prosecuting patent applications; advising and assisting Air Force and contractor employees on rights in inventions, patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets, technical data, and computer software; and other instruments for the transfer of Air Force technology.

Duties:
  • Provides highly specialized legal advice and counsel across the Air Force, including to the AFMC Commander, HQ AFMC Command Counsel, AFLCMC/CC, AFRL/CC, AFMCLO Director, AFMCLO/JAZ Division Chief, and other senior leaders and their staff on extremely complex patent prosecution and related intellectual property matters.
  • Is a recognized expert responsible for the timely and independent negotiation, preparation, filing, and prosecution of legal instruments and documents, including: patent applications; patent interference proceedings; infringement investigations; patent appeals; T2 and related agreements; Invention Secrecy Act (ISA) orders and related applications; and patent, trademark, copyright, and technical data agreements and claims.
  • Responsible for the timely completion of administrative duties as assigned by AFMCLO leadership. Follows appropriate security directives in the safeguarding of invention disclosures, classified, sensitive, investigative, and source selection information.

Requirements:
Conditions of Employment:
U.S. Citizenship is required
  • PCS expenses if authorized will be paid IAW JTR and Air Force Regulations. This is a Centrally Managed position under the Legal Career Field.
  • Males must be registered for Selective Service, see www.sss.gov.
  • Selectee is expected to be granted with and/or maintain the appropriate security clearance required for the position.
  • This position may require drug testing and the candidate may be subject to passing a drug test upon selection.
  • Employee may be required to work other than normal duty hours, to include evenings, weekends and/or holidays; overtime may be required.
  • Work may occasionally require travel away from the normal duty station on military or commercial aircraft.
  • Employee must maintain current certifications
  • Attorney appointments are subject to serve a one-year probationary period.
  • Candidates are not required to have active duty service or veterans? preference to be referred and considered. All qualified candidates who meet the recruitment assessment criteria will be referred to the selecting official.
  • The employee must, within 30-days of assuming this position and by 31 October annually thereafter, file an OGE-450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report. Employee is required to attend annual ethics and procurement integrity training.
  • Incumbent must be currently registered to practice as an attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and admission to the bar.
  • Incumbent is required to maintain Continuing Legal Education (CLE) currency as established by incumbent?s bar.
  • Incumbent is required to maintain current knowledge of changing statutory and regulatory guidance as they relate to the duties of this position, as well as general developments in technology that may improve the effective delivery of legal services.
  • Incumbent must be currently licensed as an attorney and counselor-at-law in a state or territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
  • Incumbent must provide proof of certificate of good standing dated within 4 months of the application. A copy of the bar card is not sufficient or acceptable proof of good standing.
  • Relocation costs or other incentives may be available and considered by the organization.

Qualifications:
General Requirements:
  • You Must have successfully completed a full course of study in a school of law accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and have the first professional law degree (LLB or JD).
  • In addition, at the time of application, you must provide proof, dated within four months of application, of "active" status with a bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia. On-line information is allowed as long as it shows that you are in "active" status and is date stamped within 4 months of the application date. A copy of the bar card is not sufficient or acceptable proof of good standing.
  • I am a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association AND I am an active (or equivalent) 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 I have or will have within 120 days of closing of this announcement professional legal experience in excess of three (3) years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position, such as: basic knowledge of Intellectual Property law, patent, trademark and related legal requirements; prepares responses, amendments, submits petitions, affidavits, declarations and briefs on appeal; conducts interference proceedings before the US Patent and Trademark Office Board of Patent Appeals; preparing trademark and patent applications and prosecution documents that are legally sufficient, clear, technically accurate, negotiating and preparing Technology Transfer agreements, respond to Patent and Trademark Office actions; providing timely investigations on infringement and validity of patents, trademarks and copyrights that are complete and contain accurate analysis of facts and law AND I have a degree in Mathematics, Science, or Engineering.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities (KSAs): Your qualifications will be evaluated on the basis of your level of knowledge, skills, abilities and/or competencies in the following areas:
  • Knowledge of engineering, mathematics, or science obtained by graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in engineering, mathematics, or science.
  • Must be currently licensed as an attorney and counselor-at-law in a state or territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
  • Must be currently registered to practice as an attorney with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and admission to the patent bar.
  • Ability to communicate effectively and independently both orally and in writing.
  • Expert knowledge and skill in patent preparation and prosecution, including prior art searching, scientific, and legal research, interviewing inventors and examiners, and U.S. Patent & Trademark Office practice and procedure.
  • Expert knowledge and skill in Technology Transfer law and practice, including preparation and negotiation of Technology Transfer agreements.
  • Ability to conduct oneself in accordance with generally accepted standards of professional demeanor.

At the time of application, you must provide proof, dated within four months of application, of "active" status and in good standing with a bar of the highest court of a State, US commonwealth, US territory, or the District of Columbia. On-line information is allowed as long as it shows that you are in "active" status and dated within four months of application. A copy of the bar card is not sufficient or acceptable proof of good standing.

Part-Time Or Unpaid Experience: Credit will be given for appropriate unpaid and or part-time work. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week.

Volunteer Work Experience: Refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service Programs (i.e., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community; student and social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge and skills that can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience.

Education:
Must be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, and be currently licensed as an attorney, in active (or equivalent) status and in good standing, with the bar of a U.S. state, territory, or commonwealth. The attorney must maintain such bar membership in at least one jurisdiction during the entire course of employment with the Air Force.

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