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There is a vacancy for a patent attorney to serve as Assistant or Associate Counsel within the Office of Counsel, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD), located in China Lake, 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, and electronic warfare. NAWCWD operates a 1.1 million acre land range (larger than the state of Rhode Island) and a sea range of 36,000 square miles off the Southern California coast that includes San Nicolas Island. China Lake is located in the Indian Wells Valley part of the Mojave Desert, which is on the eastern side of California’s Sierra Nevada mountain range. For more information please visit: http://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.

This position will be filled under an alternative pay system at the DA-04/05/06 level which is equivalent to the GS-11/12/13/14/15 grade levels. An undergraduate degree in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering is required. Experience in chemical patent preparation and prosecution is highly desired. To be eligible for selection at the DA-04 level, recent law school graduates and applicants with less than one year of legal experience must have graduated in the top third of their law school class or must present other evidence of clearly superior accomplishment or achievement such as 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. The applicant must have legal experience, comparable academic coursework, or significant training that will facilitate the applicant's ability to quickly provide quality legal services to NAWCWD. To be eligible for selection at the DA-05 level, the applicant must have at least two years of successful legal practice in intellectual property, in addition to either: significant experience or training in one or more of the areas of practice noted above, or significant experience or training that will allow the candidate to quickly undertake significant duties that require significant legal expertise. To be eligible for selection at the DA-06-level, the applicant must have at least three and one half years of successful legal practice as an intellectual property attorney, in addition to either: significant experience or training in one or more of the areas of practice noted above, or significant experience or training that will allow the candidate to quickly undertake significant duties that require significant legal expertise. 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 (any U.S. jurisdiction); 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 a previous employer, they should so indicate. Attorneys who have graduated from law school after 2006 must provide a copy of their law school transcripts, including class rank. The application should also state the lowest pay level that you will consider. Send all documents to:

Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division
Attn: Charlene Haley
Code K00000D (For FedEx shipments include: Bldg 1 Rm 1022, instead of Code K00000D)
1 Administration Circle, Stop 1009
China Lake, CA 93555-6100

It is recommended that applications be sent by electronic mail to Charlene.Haley@navy.mil or by Federal Express or similar means due to security related delays that may affect normal mail delivery.

This personnel notice will close on June 8, 2012, and applications must be received by that date to be considered.

If the successful applicant is not currently a member of the Navy Office of General Counsel, processing of the hiring action can only commence after submission of those items identified in the "Instructions for New OGC Attorneys" (see Careers section ofwww.ogc.navy.mil).

Applicants eligible for Veterans' Preference must specifically claim such eligibility in their cover letter, identify the basis for the claim, and include supporting documentation (e.g., the DD 214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty or other supporting documentation) with their submission. Not all veterans are preference eligible. For a summary of time periods, campaigns, and conditions that entitle an applicant to preference eligibility, please visit www.opm.gov/veterans and review the "Vets Info Guide" and the "Vets Guide." There is no formal rating system for applying Veterans' Preference for attorney appointments in the excepted service; however, the Department of the Navy Office of the General Counsel considers veterans' preference eligibility a positive factor in the attorney hiring process. Applicants who do not claim and/or do not provide adequate supporting documentation for Veterans' Preference will not receive the positive factor consideration.

The United States Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, membership in an employee organization, or other non-merit factor.

Compensation for relocation expenses may be considered but is not guaranteed.


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.


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:    EA187540