“I enjoy creative and innovative works protected by IP, and I want to ensure that the creators and innovators are incentivized to continue their work."
Challenging. That’s how Ann describes her role as the USPTO intellectual property (IP) attaché based in Lima, Peru.
She regularly meets with U.S. and foreign stakeholders, as well as foreign governments, to foster a legal environment that encourages innovation and creativity.
As the IP attaché responsible for Bolivia, Chile, Columbia, Peru, and Ecuador, Ann works with their governments to discuss IP laws and policies and provide requested training. She helps partner with them to reach positive solutions that are mutually beneficial for their countries and the United States.
Ann enjoys her work as an IP attaché because it provides her the opportunity to work with other countries’ governments, inventors, creators and other stakeholders. She also likes learning about different cultures, and she appreciates the flexibility that she has to take the initiative on important agency priorities. If you ask Ann why she chose to be an IP attaché, her response is simple. “I wanted the chance to live abroad and work with foreign governments to improve their IP systems.”
Ann joined the USPTO nearly ten years ago because of her interest in domestic and international IP policy. “I enjoy creative and innovative works protected by IP, and I want to ensure that the creators and innovators are incentivized to continue their work.”
Ann is excited about her role and looks forward to new experiences that each day brings. Juggling interactions with five foreign governments may be complicated, but she thrives when challenged.