Two senior China-related positions involving, to different degrees, intellectual property have recently opened in the US Government.
A position similar to the one I helped create at the US Patent and Trademark Office is now open. The incumbent will serve as “Senior Counsel for China Intellectual Property Policy.” The position closes on August 6, 2018. Applicants must be US Citizens, graduated from an accredited law school, and be a member of the bar. PTO is seeking someone who has “Knowledge of a wide variety of international matters, particularly issues related to China IP and civil law matters.” The introduction of knowledge of “civil law” seems new to me. The position is also subject to a chain of command of “assist[ing] 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.”
Another position that has opened is that of Director, Center for Interagency Trade, Implementation, Monitoring, and Enforcement (ICTIME) and is responsible for supervising, directing, and implementing initiatives required by Section 604 of the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act of 2015. The position includes overseeing investigations of information for potential disputes brought by USTR to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and developing positions and strategies for implementation and enforcement of U.S. trade rights under international trade agreements for enforcement of domestic trade laws. This appears to be the Trade Enforcement unit first proposed by President Obama in a State of the Union Address in January 2012: “It’s not right when another country lets our movies, music, and software be pirated,” Obama said: “Tonight, I’m announcing the creation of a Trade Enforcement Unit that will be charged with investigating unfair trade practices in countries like China.” As a side note, it is interesting to observe how much the focus of USG trade policy has since shifted to technology issues, as indicated by this focus of then-President Obama. The position closes on July 23, 2018. This announcement also seeks someone who is capable of the various management competencies of the Senior Executive Service.
Neither position explicitly requires a knowledge of Chinese language, although China is clearly a focus of them both. Both positions also entail management responsibilities. The USTR position includes “supervising 20 Trade Enforcement Analysts, detailees, interns, and other employees” while the PTO position involves “serv[ing] as the China team leader”.
The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) is seeking to hire a Manager or Director Global Policy (China focused) to join SIA’s Global Policy Team. The ideal candidate will have an education and prior work experience relevant to Chinese technology or international trade issues. The position reports directly to the Vice President of Global Policy. The position requires a Bachelors degree (B.A.), Masters degree preferred; 2-7 years of professional experience in international trade or global technology issues; good understanding of China’s political-economy and tech policy; working-level fluency in Chinese, with strong Chinese source material reading and research skills; etc. Here is the link to the posting.
In recent months, semiconductor policy has become a hot bilateral area, and this position would likely bring the successful applicant directly into the range of bilateral semiconductor issues and opportunities, including technology policy, trade, antitrust and intellectual property.
Thermo Fisher Scientific, a Fortune 500 company, is seeking a APAC IP counsel to be based in Singapore. The position involves such tasks as developing IP strategies in the Asia Pacific Region, proactively developing IP opportunities from R&D in Singapore and China, as well as anti-counterfeiting activities and trade secret protection.
Appropriate bar admission/patent office admission (China or US), background in the sciences, minimum 10 years prior experience and proficiency in Chinese and English are required.
Here’s a link to the posting.
The US Department of Commerce has an opening for the IP Attaché in Guangzhou. Application for the position closes September 29, 2017. Requirements include knowledge of intellectual property, a law degree, US bar admission and US citizenship. The announcement does not indicate that knowledge of Mandarin or Cantonese languages is required, although it does require experience of working with foreign IP laws. Please see the announcement for further information.
USPTO has posted a position for an unpaid extern in Chinese intellectual property matters commencing June 6, 2017. The position requires the following skills:
– Knowledge of Chinese language
– Knowledge of Intellectual Property (IP)
– Ability to research US and Chinese cases
– Ability to use Excel and PowerPoint
– Skill in preparing instructional material
The extern will assist staff of the USPTO’s China Team by researching intellectual property issues in China and assisting with organizing meetings and programs. Some instruction on Chinese IP databases may be provided.
The American Institute in Taiwan has posted a position for an economic specialist in Taipei. This is a local-hire position (for those ordinarily resident in Taiwan, and others). In addition to knowledge of Chinese and English, the position requires a Master’s degree in business, engineering, economics or law or related field. The position entails, among other things, “researching and drafting cables and other reports on policy, legal, and business developments in the high-tech, digital economy, cybersecurity, intellectual property rights (IPR), and labor sectors.” The application deadline is February 12, 2017.
USPTO has announced a vacancy for the Guangzhou IP attaché position. The vacancy announcement is here. Requirements include knowledge of intellectual property, a law degree, US bar admission and US citizenship. The announcement does not indicate that knowledge of Mandarin or Cantonese languages is required, although it does require experience of working with foreign IP laws. Please see the announcement for further information.