Juli Schwartz is the U.S. intellectual property (IP) attaché in Shanghai, China. Before her appointment, she was associate general counsel for the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), where she advised and represented the agency, its leadership, and the United States on many IP and trade matters, including those before the World Trade Organization. She served as the lead IP lawyer during negotiation and implementation of the Phase One trade agreement between the United States and China. Most recently, she was the U.S. government staff lead for Presidential review of the U.S. International Trade Commission’s determination in the section 337 dispute involving trade secrets used to make advanced batteries for electric vehicles.
Prior to joining USTR, she was in private practice at the Washington, D.C., office of Morgan Lewis and at the customs and international trade law boutique, Stein Shostak, in Los Angeles. She also previously served on assignment at the Economic and Political Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou, China. She began her career at the Shanghai representative commercial office of the State of Georgia’s Department of Economic Development, where she provided market entry and trade promotion services to Georgia companies.
Ms. Schwartz received her J.D. from Rutgers Law School and was a member of the law review. She received an M.A. in East Asian Area Studies from the University of Southern California and a B.A. in philosophy from The George Washington University.
Ms. Schwartz has presented at a number of conferences and trade events over the years, on topics that include the protection and enforcement of IP, and is the author of several print and online publications. She is admitted to the bars of California, New Jersey, and the District of Columbia. She is proficient in Mandarin Chinese.
About the USPTO and the Office of Policy and International Affairs
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 USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs 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.