Dan Aum
Director of Washington, D.C., Office

Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property

The Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property is an independent and bipartisan initiative of leading Americans from the private sector, public service in national security and foreign affairs, academe, and politics.

On February 21, 2019, the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property (IP Commission) released the IP Commission 2019 Review to (1) highlight recent developments, (2) review new research that demonstrates the continued salience of IP protection to U.S. competitiveness, and (3) offer updated policy recommendations.

Download the IP Commission 2019 Review: Progress and Updated Recommendations (February 2019).

On May 22, the IP Commission released its report.

The IP Commission Report (May 2013)
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On February 27, 2017, the IP Commission released an update to its original report. The 2017 Update provides a new assessment of the problem and details progress to date on recommendations from the 2013 IP Commission Report.

Update to the IP Commission Report (February 2017)
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Policy Recommendations for Consideration by the Trump Administration

On March 8, 2018, the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property (IP Commission) provided policy recommendations for consideration by the Trump administration in response to the Section 301 investigation of Chinese theft of intellectual property (IP) and forced technology transfer:

About the IP Commission

The three purposes of the Commission are to:

  • Document and assess the causes, scale, and other major dimensions of international intellectual property theft as they affect the United States.
  • Document and assess the role of China in international intellectual property theft.
  • Propose appropriate U.S. policy responses that would mitigate ongoing and future damage and obtain greater enforcement of intellectual property rights by China and other infringers.
  • The IP Commission was supported by unrestricted funding provided by NBR and its Slade Gorton International Policy Center.

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