Before the ITC: China and Intellectual Property Rights

By June 14, 2010intellectual property, Trade

I’m gearing up to be one of the sixteen people, on three panels, speaking before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) on China and Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) and Indigenous Innovation issues.  I plan to cover the following points tomorrow during tomorrow’s hearing:

  • IPR is a huge priority issue for American manufacturers across the board; it is not a niche issue affecting only a few sectors or a few large companies.  American manufacturers, both small and large, depend on patents, trademarks, copyrights, and strong enforcement to protect our innovations, to bolster American global competitiveness, and to create good jobs here at home. 
  • China is ground zero for IPR counterfeiting and piracy — 80 percent of IPR seizures by DHS agents in Fiscal Year 09 were from China.
  • Such behavior on IPR, by China or anyone else, is unacceptable.  It is particularly unacceptable from an emerging global economic power such as China which has been a major beneficiary from the open rules-based global trading system.
  • Similarly, China’s new “Indigenous Innovation” policy is also a concern for U.S. manufacturers.  Promoting innovation in China or anywhere else is not an excuse to discriminate against American goods or technologies.

Shaun Donnelly is Senior Director, International Business Policy, for the NAM.

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