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Los Alamos National Laboratory PATENT ATTORNEY 2/3 in Los Alamos, New Mexico

Vacancy Name: IRC73981



Location Los Alamos, NM, US


What You Will Do

This position will be filled at either the Patent Attorney 2 or Patent Attorney 3 level, depending on the skills of the selected candidate. Additional job responsibilities and job complexities will be assigned if the candidate is hired at the higher level.

Patent Attorney 2 ($119,700- $201,700)

The GC-IP patent attorney position will provide constructive and supportive legal advice and counsel to LANL managers and employees, advising them regarding the legal aspects and consequences of proposed courses of action and identifying alternative courses of action that will avoid or minimize legal difficulties for LANL while also facilitating mission accomplishment. Responsibilities will include oversight, management, and exploitation of the LANL patent and copyright estate, management of outside counsel for Intellectual Property matters, the preparation and review of license agreements, Cooperative Research and Development Agreements, Strategic Sponsored Partnership Agreements, Material Transfer Agreements, and other technology transfer agreements as needed. The patent attorney will work to implement LANL’s strategic vision of its intellectual assets, including internal education of scientists and engineers as well as the various LANL business units. The patent attorney will work with clients at all levels (ranging from the bench scientist and business development executive to the Technology Transfer manager and Laboratory Director’s office) to develop and implement risk mitigation strategies, and will be expected to practice preventive law by anticipating and working to avoid unreasonable risks. The patent attorney will conduct and participate in negotiations with outside persons, other entities, and their patent attorneys who may be in either an adversarial or a partnership relationship with LANL.

Patent Attorney 3 ($129,800– $225,200)

Patent Attorneys at level 3 have wide experience in a specialty area, work independently with and for clients, and are expected to apply both their legal expertise to solve wide‐range of institutional problems.

What You Need

Minimum Job Requirements:

  • Must have from 3 to 8 years of experience in the specialty area after passing the bar exam and being admitted to practice in order to be equipped with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

  • Must have relevant legal work experience in the area of technology transfer law which should be interpreted broadly to include intellectual property patents, software, licensing, and associated agreements such as licensing, cooperative research and development agreements, material transfer agreements, non‐disclosure agreements and other technology transfer related agreements.

  • Degree and/or experience in one of the following areas: computer science, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, materials science, chemistry, chemical engineering, biology, and/or biochemistry.

  • Experience working across multiple technical domains and a firm reluctance to be channeled into a single technical domain.

  • Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills and demonstrated ability to interact with all levels of personnel and management; demonstrated strong teaming skills.

  • Experience and knowledge of University/Laboratory technology transfer laws and policies, effects of R&D contracts on the ownership and disposition of intellectual assets.

  • Experience and knowledge of the Rules Governing the Practice of Law, and demonstrated ability to recognize and resolve ethical issues.

  • Current registration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Demonstrated work experience drafting, editing, and reviewing patent applications in stated field of expertise.

Job Requirements for Patent Attorney 3:

Must have from 8 to 20 years of experience in the specialty area after passing the bar exam and being admitted to practice in order to be equipped with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position.

Desired Skills:

  • Demonstrated experience in successfully working in a multidiscipline legal office and the ability to work with and across multiple legal disciplines.

  • Demonstrated experience with software licensing, including both proprietary and all variations of open source software licensing.

  • Comprehensive knowledge of U.S. and foreign patent laws.

  • Experience and knowledge of U.S. export control regime, experience working with International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and/or dual use technologies.

  • Experience with U.S. government research and development customers, federal funding mechanisms, industrial funding mechanisms, and the LANL mission space.

Education: Must have a Juris Doctorate (JD) from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and be an active member in good standing of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction).

Notes to Applicants: Q Clearance (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicant selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified matter.

Additional Details:

Clearance: Q (Position will be cleared to this level). Applicants selected will be subject to a Federal background investigation and must meet eligibility requirements

  • for access to classified matter.

  • Eligibility requirements: To obtain a clearance, an individual must be at least 18 years of age; U.S. citizenship is required except in very limited circumstances. See DOE Order 472.2 for additional information.

New-Employment Drug Test: The Laboratory requires successful applicants to complete a new-employment drug test and maintains a substance abuse policy that includes random drug testing.

Regular position: Term status Laboratory employees applying for regular-status positions are converted to regular status.

Internal Applicants: Please refer to Laboratory policy P701 for applicant eligibility.

Equal Opportunity: Los Alamos National Laboratory is an equal opportunity employer and supports a diverse and inclusive workforce. All employment practices are based on qualification and merit, without regards to race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or preference, marital status or spousal affiliation, physical or mental disability, medical conditions, pregnancy, status as a protected veteran, genetic information, or citizenship within the limits imposed by federal laws and regulations. The Laboratory is also committed to making our workplace accessible to individuals with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations, upon request, for individuals to participate in the application and hiring process. To request such an accommodation, please send an email to applyhelp@lanl.gov or call 1-505-665-4444 option 1.

Where You Will Work

Located in northern New Mexico, Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) is a multidisciplinary research institution engaged in strategic science on behalf of national security. LANL enhances national security by ensuring the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile, developing technologies to reduce threats from weapons of mass destruction, and solving problems related to energy, environment, infrastructure, health, and global security concerns. LANL is engaged in cutting edge research and development across a wide spectrum of science and engineering including, but not limited to: actinide sciences, astrophysics, biological sciences, chemistry/materials science, computer science, electrical engineering, environmental science, explosives science, genetics, mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering, optics, physics, radiation transport, space physics, theoretical biology, theoretical physics, weapons engineering, and weapons physics.

The Intellectual Property practice at LANL is part of the TRIAD General Counsel’s Office and provides professional legal services and counseling in support of TRIAD National Security’s (TRIAD) management and operation of LANL in the area of intellectual property, collaborative research and development, strategic counseling, risk mitigation, and the interface between industry and LANL. As part of a large legal organization responsible for all Laboratory legal affairs, the selected candidate must be able to work cooperatively within a multi‐disciplined legal organization. This position will require the ability to identify and help implement process improvements in support of the organization’s focus on preventive law (the active engagement of identifying issues and providing solutions).

Appointment Type Regular


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Contact Details

Contact Name Salyer, Reyna Linda

Email reyna@lanl.gov

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Req ID: IRC73981