Li Jing serves as the senior intellectual property specialist at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China. She is the longest-serving foreign service national (FSN) in the USPTO’s China operation, having worked there for more than 10 years. Ms. Li helps the USPTO’s IP attaché with IP protection and enforcement issues in China, and with maintaining good relations with Chinese government ministries that focus on IP. Her duties also include monitoring, reporting, and analyzing IP developments in China; conducting research on IP legal issues and the Chinese government’s IP policies; helping to formulate and implement the IP strategy of the USPTO’s mission in China; and supporting the resolution of commercial IP-related disputes.
Prior to her appointment as senior IP specialist, Ms. Jing was the director of the Legal Affairs Department at the Sino-Con Telecomm Group, where she served as an in-house legal advisor on contract, IP protection, andlitigation issues. Prior to joining Sino-Con, Ms. Jing was on the staff of the Legal Department of China Construction First Division Construction ＆Development Co., where she was responsible for handling contract and other legal issues.
Ms. Jing holds a bachelor’s degree in law from the China University of Political Science and Law.
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 intellectual property (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.