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Patent Attorney
Location: Point Mugu, California, USA
Date Posted: July 23, 2014
Contact: Charlene Haley
Company\Firm: Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division
Email:NAWCWD.PA-28@myteam.navair.navy.mil
Telephone:760-939-8423
Job Description: There is a vacancy for a patent attorney to serve as an Assistant or Associate Counsel within the Office
of Counsel, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD), located at Point Mugu,
California. NAWCWD is a field activity of the Naval Air Systems Command. NAWCWD is the Navy's
premier research, development, test, and evaluation activity for air-based weapons systems, including
guided missiles and advanced weapons systems. NAWCWD performs research, development, test, and
evaluation (RDT&E), logistics, integration of weapons and avionics on tactical aircraft, and in-service
support for guided missiles, free-fall weapons, targets, support equipment, crew systems, electronic
warfare, RF communication system technology (which include antennas), and signal processing of
images. NAWCWD operates a 1.1 million acre land range (larger than the state of Rhode Island), and a
36,000 square mile sea range off the Southern California coast. For more information about
NAWCWD, please visit: www.navair.navy.mil/nawcwd.
The candidate selected for this position will provide a range of intellectual property and technology
legal services including preparing, drafting, and prosecuting patent and trademark applications;
counseling on intellectual property matters; counseling on contract and technology transfer matters;
reviewing and negotiating patent licenses; resolving patent and copyright administrative claims;
counseling on contract surveillance regarding invention disclosure; and counseling on rights in
technical data and computer software. The selected candidate will be expected to travel, including
between activities.
This position will be filled under an alternative pay system at the DA-03/04/05/06 level, which is
equivalent to the GS-11/12/13/14 grade levels. Requirements for the position include an undergraduate
degree in Electrical Engineering, or other education and work experience clearly demonstrating an
ability to perform the duties of the position, and particularly as those duties relate to RF communication
systems technology and signal processing. Experience in patent preparation and prosecution of RF
communication systems technology, signal processing, and software is highly desirable. To be eligible
for selection at the DA-03 level, GS-11 equivalent, recent law school graduates must have one year of
legal experience, and recent law school graduates with less than one year of legal experience must have
superior law student work or activities demonstrated by graduating in the top third of their law school
class, work or achievement of significance on an official law school law review or journal, winning a
moot court competition, membership on the law school's official moot court team, or membership in the
Order of the Coif. To be eligible for selection at the DA-04 level, GS-12 equivalent, the applicant must
have at least two years of successful legal practice in intellectual property. To be eligible for selection at
the DA-0-05 level, GS-13 equivalent, the applicant must have in excess of two years of successful legal
practice in intellectual property. To be eligible for selection at the DA-06-level, GS-14 equivalent, the
applicant must have at least three and one half years of successful legal practice as an intellectual
property attorney. As the desired grade level rises, concentrated experience in the noted areas of
practice and familiarity with Navy processes and procedures become increasingly important. Pay will be set commensurate with the successful applicant's qualifications, funding availability, and the
applicable pay setting guidelines.
Applicants will be evaluated on 1) their patent prosecution knowledge, skills and abilities; (2) their
experience or potential for growth in the relevant practice areas; 3) their research, analytical, and
writing skills; and 4) their ability to work well with clients and other staff in both team and individual
situations. The successful candidate must be a U.S. citizen; have graduated from a law school
accredited by the American Bar Association; be an active 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; be admitted to
practice before a state or federal court and the United States Patent and Trademark Office; and be
eligible to obtain and maintain a Secret security clearance.
Interested attorneys may contact Ms. Charlene Haley at 760-939-8423.
Applicants should submit an SF -171, OF -612, or resume; two legal writing samples; two most recent
performance appraisals (if available); and the names and telephone numbers of at least three references
(other than current supervisors) who are familiar with the candidate's legal skills and who may be
contacted. Application materials should also include a telephone number and contact name for all
previous employers. If a candidate does not wish for OGC to contact their current employer, they
should so indicate. Attorneys who have graduated from law school after 2008 must provide a copy of
their law school transcripts, including class rank. The application should also state the lowest pay level
that the applicant will consider.
Application file size must be under 7MB and shall be submitted electronically to the following address:
NAWCWD.PA-28@myteam.navair.navy.mil with copy to Charlene.Haley@navy.mil.
This personnel notice will close at 11:59 PM, EST on August 17, 2014 and applications must be received
by that time to be considered.
THE DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/REASONABLE
ACCOMMODATION EMPLOYER
The Department of the Navy is an Equal Opportunity/ Reasonable Accommodation Employer. All
hiring and advancement in the Office of the General Counsel is based on merit without regard to race,
color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, political affiliation or marital
status.
The Department of the Navy provides reasonable accommodation to applicants with disabilities where
appropriate. Applicants requiring reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring
process should inform the individual identified in the personnel notice. Determinations on requests for
reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
VETERANS PREFERENCE IN HIRING
Department of the Navy attorney positions are in the excepted service, not the competitive civil service.
There is no formal rating system for applying veterans’ preference to attorney appointments in the
excepted service; however, the Department of the Navy considers veterans’ preference eligibility as a
positive factor in attorney hiring. If you are eligible for veterans’ preference in hiring, you are
encouraged to include that information in your application along with the supporting documentation,
e.g., DD 214. Not all veterans are eligible for veterans’ preference. To find out if you are, you may visit
the Veterans’ Preference Advisor, operated by the Department of Labor at http://www.dol.gov/elaws/vets/vetpref/vetspref.htm
Job Number: EA70170
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