Senior Attorney, China Team
Office of Policy and International Affairs
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Michael Diehl joined the China Team of the Office of Policy and International Affairs, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), in 2019. As a Senior Attorney, Mr. Diehl supports negotiations to implement China’s commitments under the intellectual property (IP) chapter of Phase One of the United States-China Economic and Trade Agreement. He also advises USPTO leadership, and engages other government and private-sector counterparts, on a wide range of China IP matters.
From 2012 to 2019, Mr. Diehl was Senior Director for Innovation and Intellectual Property in the Office of the United States Trade Representative. There, he engaged in intellectual property-related trade negotiations primarily with China, as well as with Taiwan, Korea, other trading partners in Asia, Europe, and the Americas. In respect to China, his focuses included IP issues relating to standards, licensing, and incentives.
From 1996 to 2012, Mr. Diehl worked at the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC), first in the Office of the General Counsel and then as an Advisor to Chairman Shara L. Aranoff. His focuses included complex Section 337 investigations and the defense of USITC determinations before U.S. courts and World Trade Organization and North American Free Trade Agreement panels. Prior to 1996, he represented clients on international trade and civil litigation matters in private practice in Washington, D.C., and Miami, Florida.
Mr. Diehl has an LLM from the George Washington University Law School, a JD from the University of Miami School of Law, and a BA from Emory University.