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The IP Attaché office is dedicated to helping U.S. businesses understand and address IP challenges and issues they may face in foreign markets.


The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has an office in the region, based at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels.  The Office is headed by the Intellectual Property Attaché for the Europe region and includes IP specialists. The office covers the institutions of the European Union, EU Member States, the EFTA countries (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland), and the United Kingdom.

The Intellectual Property (IP) Attaché Program works to improve IP systems internationally by directly assisting U.S. stakeholders (businesses, legal representatives, and IP rights holders) and by advocating to improve IP policies, laws, and regulations abroad.

Services include:

  • Raising issues with foreign government officials
  • Providing training on IP law, enforcement, and administration
  • Conducting public awareness programs
  • Presenting and explaining U.S. government positions

IP attachés also provide information to help U.S. stakeholders enter foreign markets or conduct business abroad, including:

  • How to navigate foreign laws and regulations
  • How foreign courts and governments work
  • How to protect and enforce IP abroad

For more information, please see the Regional USPTO Attaché Office based in Brussels.

To learn more about the IP Attaché, Meet the IP Attachés: Rachel Bae video.