Joel Blank is an experienced international trade and intellectual property (IP) attorney, with a background in government policy development. At the U.S. company Chapter 4 Corp., he is responsible for developing strategic initiatives to improve IP systems to better protect creative, IP-intensive companies.
Previously, Mr. Blank served as the section chief and Asia-Pacific regional product safety attaché for the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China, where he promoted compliance with U.S. product safety requirements and coordinated closely with product safety regulators throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Before joining the CPSC, he served as the intellectual property attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China, where he was the principal officer in the embassy on all matters related to the protection and enforcement of IP rights in China. Prior to his appointment as the IP attaché, Mr. Blank was an attorney-advisor in the Office of the Administrator for Policy and External Affairs at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), where he led policy activities concerning IP enforcement in China.
Mr. Blank started his legal career as an attorney in the Office of the Chief Counsel for International Commerce in the U.S. Department of Commerce, where he provided legal and policy advice on trade matters involving China, IP, international investment, and other issues related to international trade.
Mr. Blank received his law degree from the American University’s Washington College of Law. He received his bachelor’s in business from Drake University, where he studied international business, accounting, and management.