United States Patent and Trademark Office – Senior Counsel, Patent Law and Litigation
Major, Lindsey & Africa (“MLA”) has been exclusively retained by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO” or “Organization”) to conduct a search for a Senior Counsel – Patent Law and Litigation to be located in its Alexandria, VA headquarters. USPTO is an equal opportunity employer. Interested candidates please submit your resume (in MS Word) to the recruiters managing this search at USPTOSC@mlaglobal.com, or to the MLA recruiter who contacted you about this position. Please do not contact the Organization directly; all resumes sent to the USPTO will be routed back to MLA for handling and will create delays.
Company Overview: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is the federal agency for granting U.S. patents and registering trademarks. In doing this, the USPTO fulfills the mandate of Article I, Section 8, Clause 8, of the Constitution that the legislative branch "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts, by securing for limited Times to Authors and Inventors the exclusive Right to their respective Writings and Discoveries." The USPTO advises the president of the United States, the secretary of commerce, and U.S. government agencies on intellectual property (IP) policy, protection, and enforcement; and promotes the stronger and more effective IP protection around the world. The USPTO furthers effective IP protection for U.S. innovators and entrepreneurs worldwide by working with other agencies to secure strong IP provisions in free trade and other international agreements.
Position Overview: The USPTO is seeking an accomplished legal professional to join its team in the Office of the Solicitor as Senior Counsel for Patent Law and Litigation. The Senior Counsel oversees the Solicitor's Office decisions on whether to intervene in appeals from PTAB decisions in AIA post-issuance proceedings and advises the USPTO regarding the rules governing post-issuance proceedings. The incumbent oversees inter partes appellate litigation caseload; handles Federal Circuit appeals in patent cases; and renders legal and policy advice on patent matters through the General Counsel to the Under Secretary and Director of the USPTO, the Solicitor, Deputy Solicitor, and other members of the USPTO's senior staff.
The incumbent will also oversee the preparation of intervention and amicus memoranda in patent law cases, interface with the PTAB and the Organization on recurring issues in inter partes cases and help supervise the preparation of briefs and arguments in inter partes cases.
Experience: 10+ years of patent litigation experience. Demonstrated ability to oversee and litigate federal court cases on behalf of the USPTO that involve patent matters, including matters flowing from Patent Trial and Appeal Board post grant trials.
Compensation: Competitive base and bonus.
Location: Alexandria, VA
About United States Patent and Trademark Office
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