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    This position is located in the Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA) in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  The incumbent serves as the recognized technical and legal expert on matters pertaining to China Intellectual Property (IP) issues.  In this capacity, the incumbent assists the Under Secretary of Commerce and Director, Deputy Under Secretary and Deputy Director, Chief Policy Officer and Director for International Affairs of OPIA, the Deputy Chief Policy Officer of OPIA, and others by rendering advisory legal and technical opinions on a wide range of complex China IP issues and sensitive negotiations. The incumbent also serves as the China team leader.

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    The Senior Counsel for China Intellectual Property Policy is the most senior person at the USPTO specifically responsible for public policy matters related to intellectual property protection and enforcement and intellectual property-related trade issues for China.

    The incumbent will be involved in formulating and analyzing policies, participating in negotiations, and attending high-level briefings and meetings with senior Administration officials in the Department of Commerce, and other government entities including representatives from various intelligence agencies.

    The Senior Level Attorney for China IP Policy will be responsible for the following:

    • Advising USPTO executives on China IP issues, managing and overseeing the activities of the China Team, including the China Resource Center, and supporting USPTO’s overall engagement with China;
    • Developing and coordinating the USPTO’s input in the various IP-related dialogues, and the extensive USPTO-led technical assistance and public awareness projects focusing on China IP matters;
    • Promoting the USPTO’s role as technical level experts on IP matters and as a resource within the U.S. government;
    • Leading interactions with Chinese officials on behalf of USPTO on a technical and diplomatic level on patent, designs, trademark, copyright, plant variety protection, trade secret and data protection and enforcement matters;
    • Coordinating and/or respond to inquiries from companies, industry associations, members of Congress, the media and the courts, on China IP matters and developing appropriate programs to share views, educate and promote U.S. government  positions;
    • Developing the extensive and important bilateral relationship that the USPTO has established with its counterparts in China, including existing Memoranda of Understanding (MOU’s) with the Chinese patent, trademark,  copyright and plant variety protection offices, the Ministry of Commerce and Jiangsu; and
    • Participating in interagency groups and making presentations to and securing comments from the private-sector.

    This position includes some supervisory and related managerial duties. These duties should occupy less than 25 percent of the incumbent’s time.

    Travel Required

    Occasional travel - 30 percent of travel may be required.

    Supervisory status


    Promotion Potential


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