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Company Name:

National Security Agency

Location:

Ft. Meade, Maryland

Approximate Salary:

Not Specified

Job Category:

Law

Required Education:

Bachelor's Degree

Posted

September 11, 2018

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Patent Agent - Mid/Experienced Level


Responsibilities

NSA Overview

The professionals at the National Security Agency (NSA) have one common goal: to protect our nation. The mission requires a strong offense and a steadfast defense. The offense lects, processes and disseminates intelligence information derived from foreign signals for intelligence and counterintelligence purposes. The defense prevents adversaries from gaining access to sensitive classified national security information.

Patent Agents study invention disclosures and investigate the patentability of inventions. They work with inventors to prepare, file, and prosecute patent applications before the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO). They may work with stakeholders to develop and consider strategic goals, vision, priorities, programs, and plans. The patent agent will work to protect Agency interests by advising Agency clients, advocate on behalf of Agency clients, and educate Agency clients concerning the preparation and prosecution of patent applications before the USPTO, thereby furthering the mission, goals and objectives of the Office of General Counsel or a particular Practice Group thereof.

Description of the Position

The responsibilities of a Patent Agent include:

- Following the USPTO rules of Professional Conduct when conducting patent application activities.

- Interviewing USPTO examiners in connection with patent applications.

- Analyzing inventions for patentability

- Analyzing office actions and prepare responses.

- Conducting legal and technical research and analysis using all available resources in support of various patent-related matters.

- Developing and implementing strategies for filing patent applications.

- Managing a docket with multiple matters and deadlines.

- Representing the United States Government by preparing and prosecuting patent applications in accordance with relevant laws

- Advising the Agency in matters involving a particular subject matter (e.g., intelligence operations, procurement, research and development, information security, environmental law, patents, telecommunications, security matters, legislation, employment/personnel issues, ethics).

- Determining the legal sufficiency of documents.

- Advising others on legal matters.

- Producing written documents incorporating legal research, analyses, and authorities.

- Confer with/educate clients, customers, or stakeholders on legal or policy issues related to patent preparation and prosecution.

- Assist with the analysis of legislation, programs, policies, regulations, or plans concerning patents to determine impact on the Agency.

Skills

The ideal candidate is someone with a desire for continual learning and who possesses strong communication (oral and written), problem-solving, analytic, interpersonal skills, and is:

- customer service & requirements oriented

- able to work effectively (independently and/or within teams) across functional areas in a laborative environment

- able to manage multiple tasks with competing timelines and deliverables

- adaptable

- resilient

Qualifications

Salary Ranges:  $68,036 - $106,012 (Full Performance)

*The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.

Must be registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Entry is with Bachelor's degree and 3 years of experience, or a Master's degree and 1 year of experience, or a Doctoral degree and no experience.

Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, or Physics is preferred. Relevant graduate degrees are limited to Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, or Physics.

Relevant experience must include some technical writing (e.g., technical documentation, peer-reviewed publications, textbooks) or authoring of patent applications. Experience as a patent examiner may be considered.

Salary Ranges:  $96,970 - $148,967 (Senior)

*The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.

Must be registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Entry is with a Bachelor's degree and 6 years of experience, or a Master's degree and 4 years of experience, or a Doctoral degree and 2 years of experience.

Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, or Physics is preferred. Relevant graduate degrees are limited to Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, or Physics.

Relevant experience must include some technical writing (e.g., technical documentation, peer-reviewed publications, textbooks) or authoring of patent applications. Experience authoring patent applications preferred. Experience as a patent examiner may be considered.

Salary Ranges:   $134,789 - $164,200 (Expert)

*The qualifications listed are the minimum acceptable to be considered for the position. Salary offers are based on candidates' education level and years of experience relevant to the position and also take into account information provided by the hiring manager/organization regarding the work level for the position.

Must be registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Entry is with a Bachelor's degree and 9 years of experience, or a Master's degree and 7 years of experience, or a Doctoral degree and 5 years of experience.

Degree in Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, or Physics is preferred. Relevant graduate degrees are limited to Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, or Physics.

Relevant experience must include authoring of patent applications. Experience may include technical writing (e.g., technical documentation, peer-reviewed publications, textbooks). Experience as a patent examiner may be considered.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

This is a full-time position, Monday through Friday.

***PLEASE NOTE:

U.S. Citizenship is required for all applicants. Reasonable accommodations provided to applicants with disabilities during the application and hiring process where appropriate. NSA is an equal opportunity employer and abides by applicable employment laws and regulations. All applicants and employees are subject to random drug testing in accordance with Executive Order 12564. Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a security background investigation and polygraph. 

This position is a Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS) position in the Excepted Service under 10 U.S.C. 1601. DoD Components with DCIPS positions apply Veterans' Preference to eligible candidates as defined by Section 2108 of 5 USC, in accordance with the procedures provided in DoD Instruction 1400.25, Volume 2005, DCIPS Employment and Placement. If you are a veteran claiming veterans' preference, as defined by Section 2108 of 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.

DCIPS Disclaimer

The National Security Agency (NSA) is part of the DoD Intelligence Community Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel System (DCIPS). All positions in the NSA are in the Excepted Services under 10 United States Codes (USC) 1601 appointment authority.


Company Name:

National Security Agency

Location:

Ft. Meade, Maryland

Approximate Salary:

Not Specified

Job Category:

Law

Required Education:

Bachelor's Degree

Posted

September 11, 2018

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