Michael Mangelson represents the U.S. Department of Commerce and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) as intellectual property (IP) attaché. He is responsible for advocating U.S. IP interests, policies, and initiatives in China; assisting U.S. businesses; advising officials from multiple U.S. government agencies on China’s IP system; conducting training activities and educating the Chinese government on U.S. IP law and policy; helping to secure high IP standards in trade agreements and Chinese laws, and monitoring the implementation of these provisions.
Mr. Mangelson began his post at the U.S. Consulate General Shanghai in 2014, bringing 20 years of experience as a business IP attorney with a focus on China services. He is a former partner of the U.S. law firm Stoel Rives, LLP in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he served as chair of the firm’s China group and founder and chair of the its Salt Lake City technology and intellectual property group.
Mr. Mangelson also served as chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Utah State Bar and taught IP law and technology licensing for 12 years as an adjunct professor at Brigham Young University Law School. He has frequently been recognized for excellence in IP, being selected by Best Lawyers in America® as Trademark Law Lawyer of the Year in 2012, and being consistently named as a top IP attorney in Best Lawyers and Chambers USA: Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business.
Prior to working at Stoel Rives, Mr. Mangelson practiced business IP law, corporate finance, and mergers and acquisitions with U.S. law firms Morrison & Foerster and Jones Day in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. A fluent Mandarin speaker, Mr. Mangelson pursued Chinese language studies at Nanjing University. He holds a J.D. from Brigham Young University Law School.
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.