United States Trade Representative Law and Legal Definition

United States Trade Representative is the head of the Office of the United States Trade Representative and is a top U.S. trade negotiator and adviser to the President on foreign-trade policy. This is a Cabinet-level position even though not technically within the Cabinet. The United States Trade Representative and Deputy United States Trade Representatives (DUSTR) holds the rank of an Ambassador.

Subsequent to the enactment of Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974, the USTR has played a key role in the expansion of intellectual property laws worldwide, and monitored efforts by other governments to protect IP rights. This Cabinet-level office is also responsible for making annual reports on nations that do not act diligently to stop piracy of copyrighted material.