Shilpi Jha, senior counsel, is a policy and legal advisor on all aspects of intellectual property (IP) issues for India and other South Asian countries. Ms. Jha serves as lead IP specialist for Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives. She is responsible for monitoring, consulting, advising, analyzing, and reporting on IP in those countries.
Ms. Jha started her career at Bhasin & Co. as a litigator at the Delhi High Court. Prior to joining the USPTO, she was the IP lead at the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), where her primary responsibilities included providing input to the government of India on policies related to IP protection and enforcement. She coordinated with national-level committees for IP at CII and organized national and international workshops on IP matters.
Ms. Jha holds a B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Sc. in statistics, and an LLB, all from Delhi University.
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.