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This position is located in the Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA), Deputy Under Secretary and Deputy Director, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
The OPIA promotes the development of intellectual property systems, nationally and internationally, and advocates improvement in and more effective means of protecting and enforcing intellectual property rights; formulating U.S. domestic and international policy regarding the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights; and consulting with foreign governments and other United States Government agencies on the substantive legal and technical analysis of intellectual property rights laws, legal and judicial regimes, civil and criminal procedures, border measures, and administrative regulations.
The purpose of the position is to develop and implement Intellectual Property-related exchange programs and training programs regarding China, including programs with Chinese counterparts and with American businesses.
- The incumbent develops and implements multiple year plans (MOUs) with Chinese counterpart agencies (e.g., patent, trademark, copyright, local governments) for providing technical assistance in response to Chinese requests for training and supporting organized engagement. Technical assistance consists of educational programs on different technical issues concerning patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, enforcement and other IP matters of concern, including emerging issues of intellectual property and programs that are targeted to facilitate closer cooperation between the US and China on specific IP-related tasks, such as criminal enforcement, Customs cooperation, patent examiner exchanges, or economic data analysis.
- Organizes programs for Chinese visitors to the USPTO or for USPTO organized or supported programs.
- Develops online resources to advocate for US positions on intellectual property and for Chinese wishing to learn about the US intellectual property system.
- Works on materials to be published, translated or made available to the public. Such materials include guides to utilizing the IP system, summaries of U.S. law, Chinese law, or comparisons, compilations of comments on laws, speeches, materials used in training programs.
- Develops an on-line presence that serves to provide information on the activities of the China team, provides training materials for a wide audience, provides toolkits on how to file patents/trademarks/enforcement cases, publishes speeches, provides empirical sources/information resources for companies and other government agencies, provides interactive databases or works with others in developing them or making them available; works with universities and third parties in developing richer information sources.
- Cooperates with other USG agencies for training on Chinese IP matters.
- Responds to and negotiates with Chinese counterparts for the purpose of coordinating IP training programs, supporting improved IP protection and enforcement, and to develop methods for benchmarking the impact of programs.
- Coordinates activities with like-minded foreign governments and industry groups to ensure programs are necessary and cost-effective; supports conference on coordination of technical assistance efforts.
- Develops budgets and implements them.
Occasional travel - and international travel.
Who May Apply
This job is open to…Applications will be accepted from all United States Citizens and Nationals.
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