Yihan Fu is a policy and legal advisor to the USPTO on all aspects of intellectual property (IP) for China. Her responsibilities include promoting high standards of IP protection and enforcement, as well as cooperation between the U.S. and Chinese governments on IP matters.
Ms. Fu began her legal career at Wong, Wong & Associates in New York, where she represented clients in filing trademark applications and defending copyright and trade dress claims. She later worked as a legal case manager at the World Intellectual Property Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and at Hogan Lovells in Beijing, where she was an assistant trademark attorney handling trademark and copyright enforcement for a variety of corporate clients.
She holds an LL.B. from Beijing Foreign Studies University and an LL.M. from the George Washington School of Law, Washington, D.C. She has been admitted to the New York State Bar.
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.