Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property and Solicitor (Solicitor)


Do you want to play a key role in advancing the interest of the country and agency through Supreme Court and Federal Circuit briefing and advocacy, litigation and interagency coordination?

Then come join and play a role in leading the dynamic, skilled, and collaborative team at the USPTO! We have an exciting opportunity for someone who is interested in bringing their appellate, litigation and intellectual property expertise to the USPTO as our next Deputy General Counsel for IP and Solicitor.


Once hired, you will have the potential to make a significant impact on intellectual property law and the IP ecosystem. As a Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property and Solicitor, here are some of the exciting duties you’ll engage in:

  • Supervise and conduct litigation on behalf of the USPTO.
  • Participate in preparing the petitions, briefs, and other papers filed by the government in the Federal Circuit, other circuit courts and the Supreme Court.
  • Strategize about key IP, appellate and litigation matters, overseeing a team in drafting and arguing key IP cases.
  • Advise agency clients, including the Director, the Patents and Trademarks organizations, and the Patent and Trademark Trial and Appeal Boards, on a wide range of intellectual property legal matters.
  • Manage the Office of the Solicitor (including hiring employees, staffing cases, training employees and budget management) and the Deputy Solicitor, Senior Counsels, and Associate Solicitors on all intellectual property related matters, including intellectual property litigation.
  • Participate in the development of proposals for, and implementation of, revisions to Manual of Patent Examining Procedures, Trademark Manual of Examining Procedures, the Code of Federal Regulations involving patent and trademark law and other substantive policy guidance documents.
  • Represent the Director or General Counsel in meetings, on committees, and in connection with a wide variety of legal and other issues and performing other duties of a legal nature as assigned or delegated by the General Counsel.
  • Engage in public outreach and speaking engagements with various organizations involved in intellectual property law matters.

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  • Demonstrated experience in litigating intellectual property cases (i.e., involving patent, trademark, copyright, and/or trade secret law) at both federal district and appellate court levels and applying knowledge of intellectual property law in cases involving complex legal and technological issues.
  • Demonstrated experience advancing the policy or business interests of a client through litigation and other advocacy, e.g., by creatively identifying opportunities to raise issues or press claims, and/or by structuring legal strategy to obtain broader goals beyond prevailing on the particular case.
  • Demonstrated administrative, managerial, and interpersonal skills to effectively (a) lead a highly skilled team of experienced professionals, (b) collaborate with a diverse population, and (c) deal with, negotiate successfully with and relate well with the Judiciary, government officials, and external audiences.

For the application, you will be required to submit a narrative response addressing your specific knowledge, skills, and abilities that demonstrate your possession of these qualifications at the USAJOBS link:


The candidate must have a law degree from an accredited law school program and must be a member of a bar in good standing, in the United States or a Territory of the United States.

Conditions of Employment

Applications will only be accepted from United States Citizens and Nationals and your resume and question responses must demonstrate the job-related competencies. If selected, you will be required to pass a background investigation and fingerprint check.

The full list of conditions and qualifications can be found on the USAJOBS posting:

We value our diverse, inclusive, and collaborative team members at the USPTO. We know the talents of each colleague enrich our vibrant workplace. The United States government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service or other non-merit factor.

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