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 May 22, 2013, the IP Commission released its original report. On February 27, 2017, the IP Commission released an update that provides a new assessment of the problem and details progress to date on recommendations from the 2013 IP Commission Report.
Recent Developments, New Research, and Updated Recommendations
On March 15, 2021, the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property (IP Commission) released the IP Commission 2021 Review to offer updated policy recommendations.
- IP Commission 2021 Review: Updated Recommendations (March 2021).
- IP Commission Background Memo (March 2021).
“The IP Commission has long argued that the best way to reduce the scale and scope of IP theft is to fundamentally change the calculus for individual bad actors, and subjecting them to targeted U.S. sanctions accomplishes that objective. This legislation is an excellent and long overdue first step.”
—Admiral (ret.) Dennis Blair, Press Release, “New Law Protects U.S. Trade Secrets, Accomplishes IP Commission Recommendation” (Read the full press release.)
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.
- IP Commission 2019 Review: Progress and Updated Recommendations (February 2019).
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:
- Recommendations Regarding the Trump Administration’s Section 301 Investigation (March 2018)
- Written Comments on Behalf of the Commission on the Theft of Intellectual Property to the United States Trade Representative (May 2018)
Update to the IP Commission Report (February 2017)
The IP Commission Report (May 2013)
Dennis C. Blair
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.
Former ambassador of the United States to Russia, China, and Singapore, governor of the State of Utah, and deputy U.S. trade representative
Charles W. Boustany Jr.
Counselor to the National Bureau of Asian Research, former six-term U.S. representative from Louisiana
William J. Lynn III
CEO of Leonardo DRS
President and CEO of the Council on Competitiveness
Michael K. Young
President emeritus of Texas A&M University, professor at the Bush School of Government and Public Administration at Texas A&M University
The National Bureau of Asian Research
Executive Director (emeritus)
Richard J. Ellings
President Emeritus and Counselor
The National Bureau of Asian Research
About the 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.