Report on the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property

On May 22, 2013 a blue ribbon commission organized by the National Bureau for Asian Research released its report on the theft of American Intellectual Property.  The Commission’s report is located at: http://www.ipcommission.org/report/IP_Commission_Report_052213.pdf

Commission members included co-chairs Dennis C. Blair, the former US Director of National Intelligence and former US Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman.  Other notables who participated in the Commission included former Senator Slade Gorton of Washington, Michael Young (President of the University of Washington), William Lynn III (former Deputy Secretary of Defense), Craig Barrett (former President of Intel Corporation), and Deborah Wince-Smith (CEO of the Council on Competitiveness).

These individuals are not IP “geeks”–  which also makes the report refreshing.  At a press briefing today the report was described as focusing primarily on China.  However, unlike a range of critiques of the Chinese IP system, this report proposes domestic and international solutions from short-term to mid-term and long-term, including changes to US law and governmental structures and developing long term solutions consistent with rule of law.   Hot current issues such as trade secret theft and cyber attacks are also discussed in the 88 page report.

 

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