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Wednesday, January 31, 2007

IPR specialists wanted at US embassy (Beijing) and consulates (Guangzhou and Shanghai)

Mark Cohen of the US embassy in Beijing sends the following notice. Note that those not resident in China may not apply, but non-US citizens may apply.

The U.S. Embassy in China is seeking IPR specialists for the Embassy in Beijing, as well as the consulates in Guangzhou and Shanghai.   Email contact:  USEmbassyBJHR@state.gov. The basic qualifications are:

Education:  Bachelor’s degree in a field related to civil law and/or intellectual property and/or technology transfer and/or criminal justice. 

Experience: At least five years of progressively responsible experience in legal research and analysis or working in a law firm, consulting firm, university, or corporation, non-governmental or governmental organization on intellectual property or commercial rule of law matters.

Knowledge: With solid understanding of Chinese legal and intellectual property system, including roles of related enforcement agencies and specific knowledge of WTO rules and procedures required, also, should be familiar with general economic and trade concepts and with U.S. government economic policy institutions.

A good working knowledge (“level 4”) of English and Chinese is required.

The positions involve reporting to me and a team of U.S IPR lawyers and working to support overall U.S. embassy efforts on IPR, including coordinating with various sections of the Embassy such as the Commercial Section, Economics Section, Political (e.g., rule of law), Customs, Foreign Agricultural Service, etc.  In addition the lawyers serve as part of an evolving international team of IPR experts supported by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in such countries as Thailand, India, Russia, Egypt, Switzerland (Geneva), and Brazil.

The positions offer a great opportunity to be on the ground floor and the cutting edge of many important bilateral and international issues. There are also many opportunities for professional training and development, including training in China and the U.S.  During the past year alone, we have conducted a range of training programs in China on such topics as: protection of traditional knowledge, folklore and genetic resources under the world IP system;  international trends in pharmaceutical counterfeiting;  how to file a criminal copyright case in China; protection of the geographical indications of agricultural products in China and the U.S.; an annual “Ambassador’s Roundtable” on intellectual property attended by Secretary Guttierez and Minister Bo Xilai; use of intellectual property in development of technical standards; protection of copyright over the Internet; and media relations and IPR litigation.  We have also supported on-going bilateral dialogues with China’s IPR-related agencies, provided training programs to industry, participated in Chinese seminars and programs, and delivered a full range of other IPR-related activities.

Candidates with a background in civil, criminal or administrative process, patent law, copyright, technology transfer, or managing IPR issues for in industrial sector, are especially welcome to apply.

Click on the city names for the notices for the Beijing and Shanghai positions.

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