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(b) NEW APPOINTMENTS.—

  • (1) APPOINTMENTS AND ADMINISTRATION.— The Secretary of State and the Secretary of Commerce, in consultation with the Register of Copyrights, shall appoint at least one intellectual property attache to be assigned to the United States embassy or diplomatic mission (as the case may be) in a country in each geographic region covered by a regional bureau of the Department of State. The Director of the Patent and Trademark Office shall maintain authority over hiring, personnel ratings, and objectives for the attach´es, in consultation with the Secretary of State. Depending on experience and expertise, intellectual property attach´es shall be designated as the diplomatic rank in-mission of First Secretary or Counselor.
  • (2) REGIONS DEFINED.—The geographic regions referred to in paragraph (1) are the following:
    • (A) Africa.
    • (B) Europe and Eurasia.
    • (C) East Asia and the Pacific.
    • (D) The Near East.
    • (E) South and Central Asia and the Pacific.
    • (F) The Western Hemisphere.
  • (3) DUTIES.—The intellectual property attach´es appointed under this subsection shall focus primarily on intellectual property matters, including the development, protection, and enforcement of applicable law. Each intellectual property attach´e shall work, in accordance with guidance from the Director, and in coordination with appropriate staff at the Departments of Commerce and State and the Copyright Office, to advance the policy goals and priorities of the United States Government. Those policy goals and priorities shall be consistent with USTR’s reports under section 182(a)(1) of the Trade Act of 1974. The intellectual property attach´es shall work with United States holders of intellectual property rights and industry to address intellectual property rights violations in the countries where the attach´es are assigned.

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