Paralegal Specialist Job in ALEXANDRIA, VA

Vacancy No. PTAB-2018-0020 Department Patent and Trademark Office
Salary $68,036.00 to $88,450.00 Grade 11 to 11
Perm/Temp Permanent FT/PT Full-time
Open Date 7/12/2018 Close Date 7/26/2018
Job Link Apply Online Who may apply Status Candidates
Locations:
ALEXANDRIA, VA

Job Description (Please follow all instructions carefully)

Overview

  • Open & closing dates

    Opening and closing dates 07/12/2018 to 07/26/2018

  • Service

    Competitive

  • Pay scale & grade

    GS 11

  • Salary

    $68,036 to $88,450 per year

  • Appointment type

    Permanent - Career/Career-Conditional appointment in the Competitive Service.

  • Work schedule

    Full-Time - This is a Full-Time, Permanent

Location

4 vacancies in the following location:

Relocation expenses reimbursed

No

Telework eligible

Yes as determined by agency policy

Announcement number

PTAB-2018-0020

Control number

504886900

  • Duties

    Duties

    Summary

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has been serving the economic interests of America for more than 200 years. We are responsible for granting US intellectual property rights for patents and trademarks. Our efforts have provided inventors exclusive rights over their discoveries. It's an effort that continues to contribute to a strong global economy, to encourage investment in innovation and to cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit for the 21st century. The USPTO is headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, and has over 12,000 employees, including engineers, scientists, attorneys, analysts, IT specialists, etc. all dedicated to accomplishing the USPTO’s mission, vision, strategic goals and guiding principles. For more information about the USPTO, please visit the USPTO Careers Website.  

    This position is located in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Office of the Under Secretary for Intellectual Property, Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB), Board Operations Division, Case Management Branch, Paralegal Operations Section.

    • A probationary period may be required.

    The following links provide information on various hiring authorities that may enable you to apply through merit assignment procedures, or be eligible for a non-competitive appointment.

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    Responsibilities

    The individual selected for this position… 

    • Serves as a paralegal specialist providing substantive legal assistance to Administrative Patent Judges and patent attorneys performing PTAB's trial and appeals functions. Duties involve providing assistance in handling the full spectrum of PTAB cases, including ex parte cases, petitions, and cases processed under the AIA.
    • Prepares and reviews appeal decisions, providing administrative support and technical assistance to the Board, and responding to inquiries on Board functions.
    • Responds to a variety of inquiries from the public (i.e., e-mail, written requests, telephone calls, etc.) to support accomplishment of the Board's goals. Informs customers of the status of inquiries and when to expect resolution.
    • Performs thorough research and analysis necessary to locate applicable legal references and precedents and to ensure that legal citations, decisions, publications, and quotations are current and accurate in terms of presentation and relevance to case issues.
    • Searches databases and other sources such as LexisNexis, WESTLAW, PACER, Shepard's Citation Service, Patent Application Locating and Monitoring (PALM), Image File Wrapper (IFW), and CD-ROMs. When necessary, searches additional information sources and locations, such as repositories maintained by other USPTO offices, Departmental offices, and other governmental libraries.
    • Conducts comprehensive reviews of files and documents relayed to ex parte and inter-partes matters, including ex parte examiner appeals, ex parte and inter-parte reexamination appeals, interferences, and AIA trials. Examines documents to ensure that they comply with statutes, rules, and policies applicable to PTAB functions.
    • Schedules conference calls in response to inquiries from the general public received via telephonic, e-mail, written, and in-person inquiries.
    • Uses a variety of scheduling tools to schedule conference calls and other matters in proceedings before the Board. Enters data into a number of USPTO systems, to include ACTS, PTAB E2E, PALM, eFOIA, and the IFW.

    Travel Required

    Not required

    Supervisory status

    No

    Promotion Potential

    11

    Who May Apply

    This job is open to…

    Applications will be accepted from current Federal employees serving on career or career-conditional appointment in the Competitive Service, former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, persons eligible under special hiring authorities including Schedule A and VEOA, and CTAP/ICTAP eligible candidates in the local commuting area.

     

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