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Company Name:

National Security Agency

Location:

Ft. Meade, Maryland

Approximate Salary:

Not Specified

Job Category:

Law

Position Type:

Full Time

Posted

August 31, 2018

Patent Attorney - Mid/Experienced Level

Responsibilities

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 collects, 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.

The National Security Agency (NSA) Office of General Counsel (OGC) is seeking a patent attorney with experience in patent preparation and prosecution to join its Acquisition, Research and Technology practice group. The patent attorney will work with inventors to understand their inventions, to assess invention patentability, and to obtain patent protection.  Responsibilities include drafting and prosecuting patent applications, and providing IP litigation support.

The patent attorney 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 United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), thereby furthering the mission, goals and objectives of the Office of General Counsel or a particular Practice Group thereof. The patent attorney may also assist in the administration and oversight of patent preparation and prosecution as well as work with stakeholders to develop and consider strategic goals, vision, priorities, programs and plans.

 

The responsibilities of a Patent Attorney at NSA can include:

- Representing the Agency in interactions with USPTO

- Advising the Agency in matters involving patent preparation and prosecution

- Advocating, advising and representing the Agency's official position in USPTO proceedings

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

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

Skills

Applicants must have at least 3 years of experience as either a registered U.S. patent attorney or patent agent (i.e., licensed to prosecute patents before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office) and an educational background in engineering, computer science, mathematics, or physics is preferred.

The ideal candidate is a highly-motivated and qualified attorney with excellent oral and written communication skills, a desire for continual learning, possesses problem-solving, analytic, and interpersonal skills, and is:

- Detail-oriented

- Customer and results oriented

- Able to adjust to changing situational requirements

- Able to build relationships across the agency and with external stakeholders

- Able to manage multiple tasks with competing timelines and deliverables

 

The ideal candidate possesses skills to:

- Represent the Agency in interactions with outside customers, DoD, Congressional representatives, foreign partners, or the general public.

- Advise 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).

- Advocate, advise and represent the Agency’s official position in legal and legislative proceedings.

- Confer with/educate clients, customers, or stakeholders on legal or policy issues.

- Analyze legislation, programs, policies, regulations, or plans to determine impact on the Agency.

- Determine the legal sufficiency of documents.

- Make legal determinations in accordance with laws, regulations, professional standards, or NSA/CSS policies and procedures.

- Draft legal briefs, pleadings, etc.

Qualifications

Salary Range:  $81,548 - $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.

 

Entry is with a Professional Law Degree (LLB or JD) and either (1) 2 years of relevant experience or (2) a JD/LLB, a Second Professional Law Degree (LLM), and 1 year of relevant experience. Relevant experience as determined by the Office of the General Counsel must be professional legal experience at or equivalent to the National Security Personnel System (NSPS) YA1 or YA2 or grade 11 level). See DoD Instruction (DoDI) 1442.02 for exceptions to the grade-level standards. Active membership in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia is required.

 

Salary Range:  $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.

Grade 13 ($96,970 - $126,062): Entry is with a Professional Law Degree (LLB or JD) and in excess of 2 years of relevant experience. Relevant experience as determined by the Office of the General Counsel must be professional legal experience that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. See DoD Instruction (DoDI) 1442.02 for exceptions to the grade-level standards. Active membership in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia is required.

Grade 14 ($114,590 - $148,967): Entry is with a Professional Law Degree (LLB or JD) and in excess of 3 years of relevant experience. Relevant experience as determined by the Office of the General Counsel must be professional legal experience that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. See DoD Instruction (DoDI) 1442.02 for exceptions to the grade-level standards. Active membership in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia is required.

 

Salary Range:  $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.

Entry is with a Professional Law Degree (LLB or JD) and in excess of 3 years of relevant experience. Relevant experience as determined by the Office of the General Counsel must be professional legal experience that is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position. See DoD Instruction (DoDI) 1442.02 for exceptions to the grade-level standards. Active membership in the bar of the highest court of a State, U.S. commonwealth, U.S. territory, or the District of Columbia is required.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

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

On-the job training, Internal NSA courses, and external training will be made available based on the need and experience of the selectee.

How To Apply - External

To apply for this position, please click the 'Apply Now' button located at the top or bottom of this page.  After completing the application and clicking the 'Submit Final' button, you will receive a confirmation email.  Emails regarding your application status will be sent periodically.  Please ensure your spam filters are configured to accept emails from noreply@nsa.gov.

 

***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 Title 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 Title 5 U.S.C., you may be asked to submit documents verifying your eligibility.

Please note that you will be asked a series of questions and your responses will be used as part of the screening process of your application.  Your responses will assist in determining your eligibility for the position.  Failure to provide the required information or providing inaccurate information will result in your application not being considered for this position.  Only those applicants who meet the qualifications for the position will be contacted to begin employment processing.

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

Position Type:

Full Time

Posted

August 31, 2018

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