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    Jeff Ribeira

    Job Title: Regional Commercial Officer (Intellectual Property Rights)
    Department: Department Of Commerce
    Agency: International Trade Administration
    Sub Agency: International Trade Administration
    Job Announcement Number: ITA-FSHR-2011-0005

    $116,087.00 – $150,913.00 /year
    Monday, February 07, 2011 to Monday, March 07, 2011
    Excepted Service Full-time – Temporary NTE 2 Years*
    1 vacancy(s) in one of the following locations: Rio de Janeiro, BR
    All qualified U.S. citizens.

    Are you interested in assisting U.S. businesses protect their intellectual property and compete globally?

    The International Trade Administration is the largest
    Federal agency helping U.S. firms compete in the global economy.

    You can help us create opportunities for U.S. workers and firms by
    promoting international trade and intellectual property protection and enforcement. Join us in opening foreign markets to
    ensure compliance with trade laws and agreements. Join a winning
    team helping U.S.commercial interests and competitiveness of
    American industry at home and abroad.

    This position is located in the U.S. Consulate Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Commercial Section. The incumbent will serve as an Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Commercial Officer in Rio de Janeiro for the US&FCS and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The position requires a law degree, and knowledge of all fields of IPR and international agreements governing IPR, including IPR office operation and administration, IPR training, and adherence to IPR standards of protection and enforcement. As an IPR Commercial Officer, the incumbent will act as a resource on Rio de Janeiro’s intellectual property regime for other U.S. Government agencies. This position reports to the Commercial Service Principal Commercial Officer and must also coordinate with other parts of the U.S. Consulate in Rio de Janeiro and the USPTO.


    * Pass a thorough background and security investigation.
    * Be available for frequent overnight travel.
    * Receive a negative result on a drug test.
    * Meet rigorous medical clearance requirements, including dependents.

    Additional Duty Location Info:

    Rio de Janeiro, BR

    This position is responsible for: (a) promoting improvements in patent, trademark, copyright and enforcement systems for the benefit of U.S. interests by meeting with representatives of the host government to advise on intellectual property policy, to explain U.S. positions, and to further U.S. intellectual property interests; (b) assessing and keeping pertinent USDOC and other U.S. Government officials advised of trends and developments resulting from such meetings; (c) serving as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office representative on U.S. delegations to international meetings on intellectual property to develop international agreements, revise existing agreements or address implementation of agreements or treaties; (d) conducting training and outreach on intellectual property matters for industry and government representatives; and (e) activities of similar scope and complexity such as coordinating closely with attorneys at the USPTO regarding legal analysis related to IP protection and enforcement.

    Qualifications and Evaluations
    Applicants must meet the following criteria before the closing
    date of this announcement:

    A Master’s or equivalent graduate degree (LL.B or J.D.) and at least five years of specialized experience with at least one year at a level of difficulty and responsibility equivalent to that of a GS-14 in the Federal Service

    Specialized experience is defined as experience that equipped the
    applicant with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to
    successfully perform the duties of the position that is typically
    in or related to the work of the position to be filled as follows:

    Knowledge of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and international IPR agreements.

    Ability to devise correct strategy for resolving complex issues by
    applying sound knowledge of the fields of foreign policy,
    international trade and IPR.

    Strong communication skills to liaise with local contacts and work
    closely with appropriate Embassy officials on developments.

    Ability to provide succinct, timely and comprehensive reports, both
    orally and in writing.

    Strong analytic skills.

    Ability to provide expert advice and/or to negotiate on IPR matters
    in bilateral and/or multilateral settings.

    Knowledge and skills to plan, organize and execute training and
    outreach programs on complex IPR issues.

    Knowledge of the basic principles governing protection of
    intellectual property, such as patents, trademarks, copyrights, and
    trade secrets and/or basic knowledge of the international agreements
    governing intellectual property rights, such as the World Trade
    Organization’s Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual
    Property Rights (TRIPs) and/or treaties administered by World
    Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in order to monitor
    foreign governments’ implementation of trade agreements and to
    assess foreign governments’ compliance with international trade

    Knowledge of U.S. statutes, regulations, decisions and policies and
    international arrangements pertaining to international trade and
    intellectual property to enable development of proposals or
    recommendations that may alter (e.g. improve intellectual property
    protection for U.S. interests) domestic and international law on
    international property or affect the role or operation of the Patent
    and Trademark Office (PTO).

    Must be a graduate from a law school accredited by the American Bar Association and an active member in good standing of a Bar of a state, territory of the United States, District of Columbia, or Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

    You will be required to provide proof of U.S. citizenship.


    We will review your resume, optional cover letter, and supporting documentation to determine if you meet the qualification requirements for the position as described in this vacancy announcement. If you meet the qualification requirements stated in the vacancy announcement, we will compare your resume, optional cover letter, and supporting documentation to your responses to the vacancy questions. Your resume or optional cover letter must support your responses to the vacancy questions, or your score may be lowered. High self-assessment in the vacancy questions that is not supported by information in your resume and/or supporting documents may eliminate you from further consideration and/or best qualified status. The best qualified candidates will be identified for referral to the selecting official/hiring manager and may be invited for an interview.

    Your answers to the questions in the online application process serve as the basis for your initial rating and will determine who is best qualified for this position; only the best qualified candidates
    will be referred to the selecting official for further consideration.

    For additional details about this opening, including how to apply, please visit:

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