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Government and Government Relations Attorney in Pasadena, CA

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Company name

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Organization Type


Job Type


Practice Area

Government and Government Relations

Years of Experience

Min 4 yrs required


Pasadena, CA

Date Last Verified

Apr 11,2018

Posted on

Apr 10,2018

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Patent Attorney GS 14 Duties: The candidate provides professional legal services to NMO and Agency management, technical, administrative, and procurement personnel, primarily in intellectual property matters such as inventions, patents, technical data, software, trade secrets, copyrights, trademarks, patent and copyright licensing, and partnering arrangement or other agreements with industry and other Government agencies. Serves as a Contract and General Law Attorney, providing legal advice and assistance in the areas of procurement, real property, environmental information, fiscal, and ethics law. The work involves counseling and providing legal opinions, guidance, and advocacy by interpreting applicable laws, statutes, regulations, and judicial and administrative decisions. Attorney serves as a principal consultant to the Patent Counsel and Chief Counsel and other senior Center and NMO management on these matters. Provides expert legal and policy advice and assistance regarding issues arising from the solicitation, award, negotiation, and administration of contracts, task orders, and subcontracts related to the operation and mission of the JPL. Reviews procurement-related documents for compliance with applicable statutes, case law and regulations, organization policies and directives, and interprets the same under the guidance of the Chief Counsel for ongoing contract administration. Provides legal advice to NMO management and technical staff concerning applicable environmental statutes and regulations, e.g., National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and organization policies and directives as they apply to JPL facilities and operations. Renders legal opinions related to fiscal law issues arising under the JPL contract and operations at the JPL. Provides NMO legal review and advice concerning real property issues related to the NMO-managed real property, facilities and operations. Regularly provides NMO management and staff advice, assistance and training related to potential conflicts of interest and other Government ethics issues related to work at the JPL. Reviews and furnishes opinions with respect to requests for documents under the Freedom of Information Act and the Privacy Act. Provides legal reviews and opinions regarding potential reimbursable agreements with commercial, educational, and international partners or other Government agencies though application of statutes, regulations and organization requirements and directives. Supports the Patent Counsel in the patent prosecution process for the NMO and the Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC), as well as provides legal advice and guidance to program and project managers and procurement personnel in the areas of patent, trademark, copyright, licensing, inventions, trade secrets, proprietary data, and new technology. Acts as the Agency representative in administering the intellectual property clauses with regards to complex contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, and Space Act Agreements. In support of contract negotiation and administration, recommends, interprets and drafts contract and subcontract clauses and provisions relating to patents, copyrights, trade secrets and technical data to ensure adequate protection of patent and data rights. Supports the Patent Licensing Program to encourage the commercial utilization of JPL and AFRC inventions by assisting potential users and licensees to benefit from the new and useful technology protected by patents. Answers inquiries from private industry on the status of inventions and their availability for patent licensing. Reviews applications for exclusive and non-exclusive licensees; and makes determinations concerning the conformity, availability and appropriateness of the license applications.

Qualification and Experience

Qualification: The candidate should have professional law degree (LL.B or J.D. degree) from an ABA accredited law school. Must be an active member of the bar in good standing in any U.S. jurisdiction. Must be licensed as a patent attorney in good standing at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Should have such professional legal experience in excess of two years as is commensurate with the duties and responsibilities of the position being filled. Must have 4+ years for the GS-14 of post LLB or JD professional law experience in preparing and prosecuting patent applications. Must be a graduate from a full course of study (LL.B or J.D.) of a School of Law accredited by the American Bar Association and be a member in good standing of the bar of a state, territory of the United States, the District of Columbia or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico and be registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Deadline: 24 April, 2018

Additional info

Announcement number HQ18N0002 Send resume, letter of interest; Law school transcript (unofficial copy is acceptable); and Writing sample. Apply online. No emails. Visit website for more details.

Company info

Hiring Coordinator
National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Jet Propulsion Laboratory, 4800 Oak Grove Drive
Pasadena, CA 91109
Phone: 202-358-0180