Dan Dan (Danielle) Zheng is the intellectual property (IP) specialist at the U.S. consulate in Guangzhou. Ms. Zheng serves as a primary liaison between the consulate and relevant offices of the Chinese government for the protection and enforcement of IP rights in South China. She is also responsible for promoting and implementing U.S. government policies that will facilitate the ability of rights holders to protect and enforce their IP rights in the South China region.
Prior to this position Ms. Zheng was an economic advisor in the Economic and Political Section of the U.S. Consulate, covering a wide range of economic issues including IP.
Ms. Zheng holds a LL.M. degree with a specialty in civil law from China University of Political Science and Law and a B.A. in art from Jinan University in China.
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.