Hearings

ITC Holds Two Days of Public Hearings On Intellectual Property Infringement In China

By Eric Schweibenz
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Jun
23
On June 15-16, 2010, the ITC held public hearings on China: Intellectual Property Infringement, Indigenous Innovation Policies, and Frameworks for Measuring the Effects on the U.S. Economy (Inv. No. 332-514) and China: Effects of Intellectual Property Infringement and Indigenous Innovation Policies on the U.S. Economy (Inv. No. 332-519).  The fact-finding investigations were instituted in response to a request from the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance for the purpose of preparing two reports requested by the Committee. The first report to be prepared by the ITC in connection with the ‘514 investigation will (i) describe the principal types of reported intellectual property rights (“IPR”) infringement in China; (ii) describe China’s indigenous innovation policies; and (iii) outline analytical frameworks for determining the quantitative effects of the infringement and indigenous innovation policies on the U.S. economy as a whole and on sectors of the U.S. economy, including lost U.S. jobs.  The ITC is scheduled to deliver the first report by November 19, 2010. The second report to be prepared by the ITC in connection with the ‘519 investigation  will (i) describe the size and scope of reported IPR infringement in China; (ii) provide a quantitative analysis of the effect of reported IPR infringement in China on the U.S. economy and U.S. jobs, including  on a sectoral basis, as well as potential effects on sales, profits, royalties, and license fees of U.S. firms globally, to the extent primary data can be collected; and (iii) discuss actual, potential, and reported effects of China’s indigenous innovation policies on the U.S. economy and U.S. jobs, and quantify these effects, to the extent feasible.  The ITC is scheduled to deliver the second report by May 2, 2011. At the June 15, 2010 hearing, the ITC received testimony from the following witnesses: Professor Lee Branstetter of Carnegie Mellon University; Professor C. Fritz Foley of Harvard Business School; Bruce Lehman, Chairman and President of the International Intellectual Property Institute; Professor Daniel Chow of Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law; Professor Peter K. Yu of Drake University Law School, Intellectual Property Law Center; Calman Cohen, President of the Emergency Committee for American Trade; Jeremie Waterman, Senior Director for Greater China for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; Christian Murck, President of the American Chamber of Commerce; Shaun Donnelly, Senior Director of International Business Policy for the National Association of Manufacturers; Robert W. Holleyman, II, President and CEO of the Business Software Alliance;  John Gantz, Chief Research Officer for IDC; and together John Neuffer, Vice President for Global Policy for the Information Technology Industry Council, and Mark Bohannon, General Counsel and Senior Vice President on Public Policy for the Software & Information Industry Association. At the June 16, 2010 hearing, the ITC received testimony from the following witnesses: James D’Addario, Chairman and CEO of D’Addario & Company, Inc.; Chris Israel, Managing Partner for PCT Government Relations; Michael Schlesinger, Co-founder of the International Intellectual Property Alliance; and Stephen Canner, Vice President of the U.S. Council of International Business.
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