Saturday, March 10, 2018

IP Theft Commission Calls for New Policies to Combat IP Theft By Chinese Companies

The IP Theft Commission has issued a slate of policy recommendations in connection with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s current investigation of China’s practices relating to intellectual property (IP) theft and forced technology transfer.
As noted in a prior blog post, at the prompting of an August 2017 memorandum issued by President Trump, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer opened the investigation pursuant to Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974.
Among the IP Theft Commission’s recommendations:
  • Use and expand the authority of the executive branch to deny access to the U.S. market and banking system to Chinese and other foreign companies that steal and benefit from stolen American IP.
  • Create new national policy centers that coordinate efforts across relevant agencies, including the Department of Commerce and the Department of Treasury, to monitor and protect American IP.
  • Establish multilateral policy dialogues with Japan, the European Union, Australia, South Korea, Singapore, and other states that share interests in protecting IP to strengthen policies to harmonize national, legal, and regulatory frameworks and to share information.