The Office of the General Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is
currently seeking applications for an Intellectual Property Attorney position in its Public
Health Division, National Institutes of Health Branch.
Who May Apply: This vacancy announcement is open to all US Citizens and may be used to fill
DUTY STATION: Bethesda, MD
SALARY RANGE: $72,030-$170,800
OPEN PERIOD: January 28, 2020 – February 28, 2020
The Office of the General Counsel (OGC) at the Department of Health and Human Services is seeking
an Attorney to join its Public Health Division, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Branch.
OGC is an equal opportunity employer, and we encourage applications from a diverse pool of highquality
For additional information about OGC’s mission, please visit our website at:
This position is in the Public Health Division, National Institutes of Health Branch. The NIH
Branch of the Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) Office of the General Counsel,
Public Health Division, is seeking a highly qualified Intellectual Property Attorney to join our
staff in providing in-house counsel to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other operating
divisions within DHHS, primarily in the areas of trademark and patent law. The NIH Branch
comprises fourteen Attorneys who provide comprehensive legal advice and services to NIH on a
wide array of highly visible, complex, and often precedential public health matters.
The NIH conducts and supports research to help prevent, diagnose, and treat disease, from the
rarest genetic disorder to the common cold. Located on a 300-acre campus in Bethesda, MD,
NIH has a budget of more than $40 billion and is comprised of 27 distinct Institutes and Centers
with over 18,000 employees. These include the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute
on Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the National Human Genome Research Institute, and the
Clinical Center, NIH’s medical research hospital.
We anticipate that trademark prosecution and counseling will be a significant part of the new
attorney’s duties, for clients across NIH and several other agencies of DHHS. Patent law,
copyright law, and matters relating to technology transfer are also expected to be part of the
attorney’s duties, and a registered patent attorney with an interest in practicing trademark, patent,
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and copyright law would be preferred. Salary will range from $72,030-$170,800 (GS Grade 11-
15), commensurate with experience and qualifications.
All qualified candidates will receive consideration without regard to race, color, age, religion,
sex, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or
membership or non-membership in an employee organization.
The following are required qualifications:
You must possess a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from an accredited ABA law school.
Proof that bar status is active, in good standing and eligible to practice in the highest court
of a State, U. S. commonwealth, U. S. territory, or the District of Columbia.
Preference is given to candidates with strong academic credentials; outstanding organizational,
time management, and interpersonal skills; superior legal writing and research ability and
demonstrated commitment to professionalism, ethics, and public service.
CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT:
Must maintain active bar membership in good standing and the eligibility to practice law in the
highest court of a state, territory, Commonwealth, or the District of Columbia throughout
employment in the Office of the General Counsel.
Upon final job offer from HHS OHR, the successful candidate must submit official law school
Security and Background Requirements: If not previously completed, a background security
investigation will be required for all appointees. Appointment will be subject to the applicant's
successful completion of a background security investigation and favorable adjudication. Failure
to successfully meet these requirements may be grounds for appropriate personnel action. In
addition, if hired, a background security reinvestigation or supplemental investigation may be
required at a later time. Applicants are also advised that all information concerning qualifications
is subject to investigation. False representation may be grounds for non-consideration, non-selection
and/or appropriate disciplinary action.
E-Verify: If you are selected for this position, the documentation that you present for purposes
of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 will be verified through the
DHS "E-Verify" System. Federal law requires DHS to use the E-Verify System to verify
employment eligibility of all new hires and as a condition of continued employment obligates the
new hire to take affirmative steps to resolve any discrepancies identified by the system. The U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services is an E-Verify Participant.
Direct Deposit: All Federal employees are required to have Federal salary payments made by
direct deposit to a financial institution of their choosing.
All qualification requirements must be met by the closing date of the announcement.
Financial disclosure statement may be required.
Two-year trial period may be required.
Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid.
This position may be in a bargaining unit.
INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLY:
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To receive full consideration, the following documents must be received at OGCVacancy@mail.nih.gov
by 11:59 p.m. on the closing date of the announcement:
Short cover letter addressed to David Lankford, Deputy Associate General Counsel for Public
Resume (must include education, including name of undergraduate and law school, degree
received and date graduated; date admitted to bar and jurisdiction; a general description of all
past employment relevant to the practice of law, including dates of employment and supervisor
name(s) and telephone number(s))
One to two legal writing samples (no more than 10 pages each)
Official law school transcripts
Proof of active bar status in good standing and eligibility to practice law in a state, U.S.
territory, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico
Names and contact information for at least three professional references
Telecommuting is allowed.
Additional Salary Information: GS Grade 11-15
About The Public Health Division, National Institutes of Health Branch
The NIH supports research via grants to institutions, including colleges and universities, to help prevent, diagnose, and treat disease, from the rarest genetic disorder to the common cold. Located on a 300-acre campus in Bethesda, MD, NIH has a budget of more than $29 billion and is comprised of 27 distinct Institutes and Centers. These include the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Allergy and Infectious Diseases (including the Vaccine Research Center), the National Human Genome Research Institute, and the Clinical Center, NIH's medical research hospital.