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Recent Progress and Persistent Challenges in IP

An Update from the IP Commission


Remarks by Former Secretary Madeleine Albright

Read a transcript or watch video of remarks by Secretary Albright here.


On March 29, 2021, the IP Commission provided an update on the most pressing IP issues facing the United States today. Panelists evaluated developments in the regulatory environment, the current state of IP and trade-secret theft, and key IP challenges in the Indo-Pacific region. Participants also discussed and recommended potential policy actions to improve U.S. IP protections, better safeguard U.S. interests, and deter foreign companies from future theft of U.S. IP.

AGENDA


2:00 p.m. | WELCOME REMARKS

Roy Kamphausen, President, The National Bureau of Asian Research


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2:10 p.m. | OPENING REMARKS

(Video)


Dennis C. Blair, IP Commission Chair, Knott Professor of the Practice at the University of North Carolina, former commander of the U.S. Pacific Command, and former U.S. Director of National Intelligence

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr., IP Commission Co-Chair Emeritus, former Ambassador of the United States to Russia, China, and Singapore, Governor of the State of Utah, and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative


2:30 p.m. | PANEL DISCUSSION

(Video)


Moderator

Deborah Wince-Smith, President & CEO of the Council on Competitiveness

Panelists

Robert Holleyman, President and CEO, Crowell & Moring International, former Deputy U.S. Trade Representative

F. Scott Kieff, Professor, George Washington University Law School


3:20 p.m. | KEYNOTE REMARKS

(Video)


Madeleine K. Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State, and Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group


3:35 p.m. | PANEL DISCUSSION

(Video)


Moderator

Charles Boustany, Jr., Counselor, National Bureau of Asian Research, former six-term U.S. representative from Louisiana

Panelists

Mark Cohen, Distinguished Senior Fellow, University of California at Berkeley

Ira Shapiro, Senior Advisor, Albright Stonebridge Group, former USTR General Counsel and Chief U.S. Trade Negotiator with Japan and Canada

Elaine Wu, Principal Counsel and Director for China IP, Office of Policy & International Affairs


4:25 p.m. | CONCLUDING REMARKS

Roy Kamphausen, President, The National Bureau of Asian Research


4:30 p.m. | EVENT CONCLUDES

Related Publication

Read the IP Commission’s original 2013 report, 2017 report update, and 2021 Review.


The Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property (IP Commission) was launched in 2012 by the National Bureau of Asian Research (NBR) to track the scale and complexities of intellectual property (IP) theft, the driving forces behind it, and its consequences for the United States. Since its groundbreaking initial report in 2013, the IP Commission has met periodically to issue updates and new recommendations. Most recently, this included a memo to the Biden administration highlighting priority actions that should be immediately implemented to better safeguard U.S. IP and promote innovation in the United States.