Michael Mangelson has been IP Attaché at the US consulate in Shanghai since 2014. In this interview, we talk with Michael about what is the US IP attaché program and specifically his role in China.
Aaron Wininger: First off, what is the US IP Attaché program?
Michael: The United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Intellectual Property (IP) Attaché Program works to improve IP systems internationally. The attachés advocate to improve IP policies, laws, and regulations abroad, which benefits the host country as well as U.S. businesses and stakeholders.
Aaron: How about more specifically in China?
Michael: I work closely with U.S. companies on IPR protection and enforcement issues and coordinate with U.S. government agencies and China counterparts to resolve IP concerns, promote U.S. IP policy in China, and encourage effective IP protection and enforcement in China. This includes assisting U.S. businesses on IPR issues in China, advising officials at all levels of the U.S. government on China’s IP system, conducting training activities and advising the Chinese government on U.S. IP law and policy, and helping to secure high IPR standards in trade agreements and China’s laws and monitoring implementation of these provisions.