Overseas Intellectual Property Rights Attache Program is Generally Working Well, but a Comprehensive Operating Plan is Needed [open pdf - 672KB]
This document recommends that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) "develop and implement a comprehensive operating plan for the attaché program in consultation with relevant U.S. government agencies to better integrate attaches in their respective u.s. overseas missions and help them effectively perform their duties. For this review, we evaluated (1) the adequacy of the overseas attaché program's objectives; (2) how the attachés work with CS and government organizations with a role in IPR protection; (3) USPTO's attaché recruitment process, training, and the attachés' terms of appointment; and (4) USPTO's methodology for placing the attachés. To achieve our objectives, we interviewed the IPR attachés stationed in Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Russia, and Thailand; managers and staff from USPTO's Office of Intellectual Property Policy and Enforcement; and officials from the departments of Commerce, State, Justice, and Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection in Washington, D.C. and at the posts where the attachés are stationed."
U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Office of Inspector General: http://www.oig.doc.gov/oig/