Department of Homeland Security Seeks IP Attorney Advisor

The Department of Homeland Security is seeking an Intellectual Property Attorney Advisor.  The Primary purpose of this position is to provide intellectual property law support to NPPD, with an emphasis on cybersecurity matters. The individual will be responsible for providing legal and policy advice and guidance to NPPD on matters relating to licensing, terms of service, data rights, particularly as set forth in the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)-based clauses, copyright and trademark matters, and to a more limited extent, patent matters. The selected individual must be able to analyze complex legal and factual issues, perform underlying legal research, provide counsel to senior officials and must have excellent writing skills.

This is a permanent appointment in the Excepted Service and will be filled on a full-time permanent basis. Employees hired under an Excepted Service appointment are required to serve a two (2) year trial period. Upon successful completion of the required trial period, this position will be permanent.

Duties

As a Attorney Advisor (NPPLD/IP) GS 0905 14/15, your typical work assignments may include the following under supervision:

  • Provide advice on the full range of intellectual property law, including copyrights, trademark, data rights, licensing, and to a more limited extent, patents.
  • Work closely with program officials, attorneys, and technical personnel developing, utilizing and deploying complex technologies in interpreting the scope of applicable licenses (including open source), terms of service, and government contracts to ensure that such agreements contain appropriate terms and account for related intellectual property issues. In particular, support the development and use of complex cybersecurity technologies by ensuring intellectual property law issues are identified and addressed.
  • Work closely with program officials drafting and publishing documents to ensure that NPPD’s use of written materials, both internally and externally, accords with copyright law and other intellectual property rights. Advise NPPD Public Affairs personnel regarding intellectual property-related aspects of media and public speaking engagements, to include releases, content license agreements, and scope of fair use defenses.
  • Advise on the development and negotiation of information sharing and technological collaboration agreements, to ensure that intellectual property issues are appropriately addressed and risks mitigated.
  • Provide litigation support on intellectual property cases.

The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) will evaluate eligible candidates based on the following criteria:

OGC will rate qualified applicants by comparing each candidate’s qualifications to those pertinent to the position. OGC will consider relevant skills and experience, education and training, performance, and awards. The skills and experience listed immediately below are of particular importance to the position, and applicants should provide specific detailed information in these areas, where applicable, as part of their application.

To qualify for this position as a GS-14 and above, candidates must have at least 3 full years of Specialized Experience as a practicing attorney (equivalent in nature to the next lower level in the Federal service for the grade level applied for), where such experience equipped the applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully perform the duties of this position.

Key Requirements

  • U. S. Citizenship Required
  • Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered for Selective Service
  • You must successfully pass a background investigation
  • You must be able to obtain a Top Secret w/ SCI Security Clearance
  • You must submit to a pre-employment drug test
  • You must submit a Financial Disclosure Form

Qualifications

Basic Requirements:

GS-14 or GS-15:

  1. The first professional law degree (LL.B. or JD); or
  2. The second professional law degree (LL.M.) AND
  3. Specialized professional legal experience in excess of three (3) years that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. The quality of the individual’s background may be evidenced by the relatedness of his or her specialization.

Specialized Experience:

OGC will rate qualified applicants by comparing each candidate’s qualifications to those pertinent to the position. OGC will consider relevant skills and experience, education and training, performance, and awards. The skills and experience listed immediately below are of particular importance to the position, and applicants should provide specific detailed information in these areas, where applicable, as part of their application.

For this position, examples of specialized experience include: negotiating and advising on licensing matters; advising on FAR-based data rights clauses; filing and negotiating trademark and patent applications; advising on copyright, licensing, data rights, open source software, common law intellectual property rights, patent and trademark law; working closely with scientists or computer programmers developing complex technologies and associated licensing schemes, especially in the computer science or cybersecurity fields; advising drafters of documents on copyright and related issues; advising on intellectual property issues relating to public speaking engagements; litigating intellectual property law-related matters. Applicants must have some intellectual property law experience similar to the above examples. The types and complexity of cases and the work involved in handling them are evaluated to determine the level at which applicants are performing.

Security Clearance

Top Secret/SCI

Travel Required

  • Occasional Travel
  • You may be expected to travel for this position.

Relocation Authorized

  • No

Department of Homeland Security Contact

Ramon Murphy
Phone: (202) 357-8753
Email : ramon.murphy@hq.dhs.gov
 
For more information or to apply to this position, see USA Jobs.
 
Job announcement number -DE-10020113-17-OGC
Open & closing dates -2017-07-11 to 2017-08-11
Salary -$112,021 to $161,900 / per year
Pay scale & grade – GS 14-15

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