Doug Strub
Project Manager
Center for Innovation, Trade, and Strategy

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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.

Update to the IP Commission Report (February 2017)

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The IP Commission Report (May 2013)

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Recent Developments, New Research, and Updated Recommendations

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.

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:

Commission Members


Dennis C. Blair
Chairman of Sasakawa USA
Former Director of National Intelligence and Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Command


Craig R. Barrett
Former Chairman and CEO of Intel Corporation

Charles W. Boustany Jr.
Counselor at The National Bureau of Asian Research
Former U.S. Representative from the State of Louisiana

Slade Gorton
Former U.S. Senator from the State of Washington, Washington Attorney General, and member of the 9-11 Commission

William J. Lynn III
CEO of DRS Technologies
Former Deputy Secretary of Defense

Deborah Wince-Smith
President and CEO of the Council on Competitiveness

Michael K. Young
President of the University of Texas A&M University
Former Deputy Under Secretary of State

Co-Chair Emeritus

Jon M. Huntsman, Jr.
Ambassador of the United States to Russia
Former Ambassador to China, Governor of the State of Utah, and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative

Commission Directors

Executive Director

Richard J. Ellings
President Emeritus
The National Bureau of Asian Research

Deputy Director

Roy Kamphausen
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.