NASA Seeks Patent Attorney for Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) seeks a full-time, permanent Patent Attorney at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and the Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC). The position will include advising on government contracts, employment, ethics, real property, environment, fiscal, and information law; but largely entails Intellectual Property matters such as inventions, patents, technical data, software, trade secrets, copyrights, trademarks, patent and copyright licensing, and partnering agreements with private industry and other Government agencies. Salary range is from $69,283 to $128,373 per year. Relocation expenses may be paid consistent with NASA’s policy.


  • Provide legal and policy advice and assistance regarding issues arising from the solicitation, award, negotiation, and administration of government contracts, task orders, and subcontracts related to the operation and mission of JPL.
  • Provide legal review and opinion regarding agreements with commercial, educational, and international partners or other Government agencies though application of statutes, regulations and NASA requirements and directives.
  • Provide NMO legal review and advice concerning real property issues related to the NMO-managed real property, facilities and operations. Renders legal opinions related to fiscal and appropriations law issues arising under the JPL contract.
  • Provide legal advice concerning environmental statutes and regulations as they apply to JPL land, facilities and operations. Conduct contract, environmental, employment, real property and other types of claims settlements or litigation.
  • Support the patent prosecution process and provide legal advice to program and project managers and procurement personnel in the areas of patent, trademark, copyright, licensing, inventions, trade secrets, and proprietary data.

Travel Required

Occasional travel may be required for training or other work-related duties.


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