Jennifer Chicoski serves as the intellectual property (IP) attaché based in Lima, Peru and covers the Andean Community – Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia – as well as Chile. She advocates for IP policy interests on behalf of the United States, assists U.S. businesses seeking to protect and enforce their IP in the region, and advises U.S. government officials on IP matters. Ms. Chicoski promotes high standards of IP protection and enforcement by educating foreign government officials, students, entrepreneurs, as well as small and medium size enterprises.
Prior to her appointment, Ms. Chicoski served as an attorney-advisor in the Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA) at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Her responsibilities included participating in the development and implementation of trademark laws and policy, providing foreign governments with legal and technical assistance to comply with their IP obligations, and serving as a technical advisor to the China IP team at the USPTO. Her previous positions with the USPTO include tenures as the Administrator for Trademark Examination Policy & Procedure in the USPTO’s Office of the Commissioner for Trademarks and the Administrator for Trademark Classification Policy & Practice unit. She oversaw staff attorney advisors in the areas of Trademark Petitions to the Director, Trademark Examination Policy, and International Trademark Classification.
Ms. Chicoski has also provided technical advice to the USPTO’s delegation of the Legal Development Working Group for the Madrid System at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva, Switzerland. She has attended several sessions of the Working Group on the Legal Development of the Madrid System, the Standing Committee for Trademarks, Geographical Indications and Industrial Designs, and meetings with the Committee of Experts of the Nice Agreement on Classification of Goods and Services.
Ms. Chicoski holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and a juris doctorate from Georgetown University. She is a member of the state bars in Maryland, Florida, and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
About the USPTO and OPIA
Aside from the issuance of patents and registration of trademarks, the USPTO has a statutory mandate to advise the President and all federal agencies, through the Secretary of Commerce, on national and international IP policy issues, including IP protection in other countries. In addition, the USPTO is authorized by statute to provide guidance, conduct programs and studies, and interact with IP offices worldwide—and with international intergovernmental organizations—on matters involving IP.
The OPIA fulfills this mandate by leading negotiations on behalf of the United States at the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); advising the Administration on the negotiation and implementation of the IP provisions of international trade agreements; advising the Secretary of Commerce and the Administration on a full range of IP policy matters, including in the areas of patent, copyright, trademarks, and trade secrets; conducting empirical research on IP; and providing educational programs on the protection, use, and enforcement of IP.