Job Overview


Are you interested in assisting the U.S. businesses compete globally? Help create opportunities for U.S. workers and firms by promoting international trade and fostering a level playing field for American business. Join the International Trade Administration in opening foreign markets, ensuring compliance with trade laws and agreements, and lowering barriers to U.S. competitiveness. Join a winning team help U.S. industry to meet and beat foreign competition, both at home and abroad.

This position is located in the U.S. Consulate in Shanghai, China, Commercial Section.  The incumbent will serve as the Intellectual Property Attaché in Shanghai for the United States & Foreign Commercial Service and U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). As an IP Attaché, the incumbent will act as a resource on the Chinese intellectual property regimes for other U.S. government agencies. This position is a limited, non-career Foreign Commercial Service Officer position.

NOTE: Filling of this position is contingent upon availability of funds for FY 2014.

Candidates must be able to obtain medical, security and suitability clearances. Clearances may include a review of specific factors of an employee's appropriateness for assignment to a specific post, including, existing ties to that country. 


• Serves as an expert in intellectual property, international trade, legislative procedures and executive branch decision making.

• Promotes high standards of intellectual property protection and enforcement in host country and/or region.

• Carries out U.S. foreign, economic and political objectives to promote improvements in patent, trademark and copyright Legal systems internationally for the benefit of U.S. interests.

• Develops policy for the U.S. Government on intellectual property Law matters for international settings such as the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (APEC), the Gulf Cooperation Commission (GCC), the European Commission and various agencies of the United Nations such as the World Health Organization (WHO).

• Serves as 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.

• Responsible for program areas of international trade, patent, trademark, copyright and enforcement Legal systems; and identifies and addresses impediments affecting the program areas.

• Exercises managerial authority over local staff.