In what I hope is a good sign for the job market for next year, recently three China-related positions have opened up, all of which have IP as an area of focus.
In the private sector, the US Information Technology Office is looking for a new managing director. USITO is a trade group based in Beijing. USITO is involved in supporting US high tech industry in China. USITO has been actively involved in IP issues in China in the past.
In Washington DC, the US Patent and Trademark Office (where I have my “day job”) is looking for a China IP program specialist. A law degree is not required. Instead the program requires experience and interest in running IP-related programs in China. There are two announcements – one for applicants from outside the US government, and one for applicants from within the US government. This position closes December 4, and is at the GS-12 – 13 level. Applicants must be US citizens.
In addition the Department of Justice is looking for a state or federal prosecutor to go on detail to Hong Kong for a short term assignment (14 months). This position has a title of “Regional Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Coordinator” and includes obligations to: (1) assess the capacity of law enforcement authorities throughout the region to enforce intellectual property rights; (2) develop and deliver training and other capacity building formats designed to enhance the capacity of justice sector personnel to enforce intellectual property rights (3) assist in developing or strengthening institutions dedicated to enforcing intellectual property rights; (4) monitor regional trends in intellectual property protection and computer crimes; and (5) provide expert assistance in support of U.S. Government IP and computer crime policies and initiatives in the region. The deadline for applications is November 30.
Hopefully, these are signs of a developing job market in China IP-related matters in 2016!
ITIF, the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF)—a Washington, DC-based technology and economic policy think tank is seeking a trade and intellectual property policy analyst. The analyst will work on a wide range of trade policy issues including assessing foreign countries’ “innovation mercantilist” policies. According to the position announcement, the analyst will work at the intersection of a range of intellectual property, digital, and trade policy issues, including copyright, patent, digital content, and digital trade issues. ITIF informs me that the position will involve “about 25%” China-related work. This position does not require legal training. Further details are available here.
USPTO just announced on May 6 a position opening as a “Program Specialist” handling Intellectual Property Exchanges with China. There are two position descriptions.
The positions involve developing and implementing multiple year training plans (MOUs) with Chinese counterpart agencies; organizing programs for Chinese visitors to the USPTO; working on USPTO materials to be published; developing online resources; developing an on-line presence; developing training materials; providing empirical sources/information resources for companies and other government agencies; and working with universities and third parties in developing richer information sources. The position involves working with the China team s at USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs.
USTR’s IP office also has a “Director” level position open. The position is not China-specific, but does involve “resolv[ing] IPR and innovation trade problems using all available tools of U.S. trade policy, including the Special 301 process” and “serv[ing] as negotiator for the intellectual property provisions of trade agreements”. In addition, USTR’s China office has a trade position open that does not appear to be IP-focused. If your interest is in China trade and IP, my guess is that both jobs would help job-seekers get a foot in the door of doing China-related trade and IP/innovation policy.
Most federal jobs have short closing dates. Please read the announcements for the full descriptions and details.
Not to be outdone, the private sector is also looking. Asia Society also has a new policy position opening involving Asia-wide economies and trade.
In addition, Chinese graduate students in the United States have only a few days left (May 11) to apply for scholarships to the US Foreign Policy Colloquium of the National Committee on US-China Relations.