Probir Mehta spoke to students this week about bilateral negotiations and a variety of intellectual property and innovation issues. Mehta is Deputy Assistant USTR for Intellectual Property & Innovation in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. USTR is part of the Executive Office of the President, and is responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity, and direct investment policy, and overseeing negotiations with other countries on those issues.
Mehta was invited to campus by Joseph H. Melrose Jr., professor of International Relations and the College’s Ambassador in Residence. “Having someone visit class who is involved in current international trade negotiations gives our students a practitioner’s view to complement the reading and research that they are doing,” says Melrose. Mehta also took questions from the class of about 20 students about his role as lead IP negotiator for the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations and his work assisting in developing and implementing United States trade policy on intellectual property rights (IPR).
He also represented the United States in litigation before the World Trade Organization and served as legal counsel to the United States during negotiations for the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). Prior to joining USTR, Mehta was an associate at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, DC. He was a Visiting Scholar at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences in Kolkata, India, where he taught international trade and competition law. Mehta holds a J.D. from the George Washington Law School, a MSc. in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan.