The Air Force Civilian Service is Seeking a Patent Attorney

The Air Force Civilian Service is looking for a Patent Attorney to join the team at the Air Force Materiel Command Law Office at Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH.

Come be a part of something big! Smart Minds, Cool Jobs and Awesome Rewards! Fueled by innovation, talent and ambition, the Air Force Civilian Service (AFCS) is seeking civilian professionals prepared to deploy war-winning capabilities on behalf of the United States Air Force.

The Air Force Civilian Service (AFCS) is looking for a Patent Attorney (NH-1222-04) to join the team at the Air Force Materiel Command Law Office at Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, OH. The primary purpose of this position is to provide Intellectual Property legal services including preparing and prosecuting patent applications; advising Air Force employees on rights in inventions, patents, and other intellectual property; and legal reviews of instruments for the transfer of Air Force technology.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Provides highly specialized legal advice and counsel across the Air Force, including to the Air Force Material Command Commander (AFMC/CC), Headquarters Air Force Material Command (HQ AFMC) Command Counsel, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Commander (AFLCMC/CC), Air Force Research Laboratory Commander (AFRL/CC), Air Force Material Command Law Office (AFMCLO) Director, Air Force Material Command Law Office (AFMCLO/JAZ) Division Chief, and other senior leaders and their staff on extremely complex patent prosecution and related intellectual property matters.
  • Establishes, develops, and maintains effective working relationships with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Department of Justice, Air Force Office of the General Counsel, Defense Technology Security Administration, Air Force Research Laboratory, and other organizations related to inventions and research or collaboration agreements.
  • Advises and assists laboratories, centers, and other organizations on intellectual property, patent prosecution, and technical data issues arising under contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, other transactions, cooperative research and development agreements, and other technology transfer (T2) agreements.
  • Is a recognized expert responsible for the timely and independent negotiation, preparation, filing, and prosecution of legal instruments and documents, including: patent applications; patent interference proceedings; infringement investigations; patent appeals; T2 and related agreements; Invention Secrecy Act (ISA) orders and related applications; and patent, trademark, copyright, and technical data agreements and claims.
  • Provides legal determinations, opinions, briefings, guidance, and commentary on issues that relate to these functions, as well as any intellectual property related legislation, by communicating effectively with the AFMC Commander, HQ AFMC Command Counsel, AFLCMC/CC, AFRL/CC, AFMCLO Director, AFMCLO/JAZ Division Chief, Air Force Office of the General Counsel, other federal laboratories, state and local governments, educational institutions, non-profit organizations, private industry, and other high ranking military and civilian officials.

Knowlege, Skills, and Abilities (KSA’s):

  • Knowledge of engineering, mathematics, or science obtained by graduation from an accredited college or university with a preferred undergraduate degree in electrical engineering.
  • Expert knowledge and skill in patent preparation and prosecution, including prior art searching, scientific, and legal research, interviewing inventors and examiners, and U.S. Patent & Trademark Office practice and procedure.
  • Expert knowledge and skill in Technology Transfer law and practice, including preparation and negotiation of Technology Transfer agreements.

Qualifications and Additional Work Requirements:

  • US Citizenship is required.
  • This position will require random drug testing and the candidate will be subject to passing a drug test upon selection.
  • Must be currently licensed as an attorney and counselor-at-law in a state or territory of the United States, the District of Columbia, or the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.
  • Must be currently registered to practice as an attorney with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and admission to the patent bar.
  • Employee must be a graduate of a law school accredited by the American Bar Association, and be currently licensed as an attorney, in active (or equivalent) status and in good standing, with the bar of a U.S. state, territory, or commonwealth.
  • Employee may be required to file an Office of Government Ethics (OGE) Form 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report, upon appointment and annually thereafter.
  • Incumbent is required to obtain and maintain the appropriate security and program clearance necessary to execute the duties of this position.
  • Incumbent is required to maintain Continuing Legal Education (CLE) currency as established by incumbent’s bar.
    Copy of Patent License is required for consideration.

Interested Candidates:

This is a full-time federal position that offers a rewarding and exciting career with exceptional pay and benefits! This position is being filled using Accelerated Hiring Procedures and can close at any time. Apply Now!

NH-04 salary with locality included (for the Dayton, OH area) $126,717 – $191,900
* Relocation incentives may be authorized for this position IAW JTR and Air Force Regulations*

Air Force Civilian Service Benefits:

Time Off

  • 11 Federal Holidays
  • 13 Sick Leave days

Vacation Time

  • Based upon length of employment… Starts at 13 days and earn up to 26 days


  • No Waiting Period to qualify for health insurance for you and your family


  • Immediate coverage by the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS), part of a three-tiered systems which contains a Basic Benefits Plan, Social Security, and Thrift Savings Plan (TSP), similar to a 401(K)

Interested candidates are asked to Apply Online by completing an application and uploading resume (PDF or Word Doc) and/or additional documents (transcripts, certifications, vet docs (DD214), SF-50).  Please mention you found the position on the IPWatchdog JobOrtunities™ Job Board.

To receive additional information about current and future job openings with AFCS via email notification, please register at and sign up to “Get Career Updates.”

About The Air Force Civilian Service:

AFCS employees are from all background and all walks of life. We serve with passion and dedication. We invest our energy and skills to support the Air Force mission in air, space, and cyberspace. From routine to rocket science and everything in between, our contributions as civilians are vital. We’re on the cutting edge of innovation and discovery, maintaining some of the finest and most prestigious research facilities and laboratories in the world. All in the service of keeping America safe and secure.


Warning & Disclaimer: The pages, articles and comments on do not constitute legal advice, nor do they create any attorney-client relationship. The articles published express the personal opinion and views of the author as of the time of publication and should not be attributed to the author’s employer, clients or the sponsors of

Join the Discussion

No comments yet.