ITIF Reacts to New USTR Report on IP Protections and Market Access

May 2, 2013

WASHINGTON (May 2, 2013) - The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) praised the office of the United States Trade Representative for highlighting the negative impacts of innovation mercantilism in the "2013 Special 301 Report." The annual study provides an analysis of the global state of intellectual property protection, enforcement and market access and singles out countries whose policies and practices are limiting global innovation. 

"Numerous nations are using innovation mercantilist practices, such as theft of trade secrets and the development of indigenous innovation policies, to build up domestic innovation capacity at the expense of global trading partners," notes Rob Atkinson, President of ITIF. "We commend Acting US Trade Representative Demetrios Marantis and his team for specifically highlighting nations who are utilizing these policies and for taking the necessary steps to address these issues and expand free trade."

The report studied the policies of 95 nations and their impact on intellectual property protection and market access for foreign companies and nations. The findings indicate that trade secret theft and forced technology transfer-requiring foreign companies to turn over IP rights in exchange for market access-are both on the rise and continue to negatively impact global trade and innovation progress. The report also named ten nations to a Priority Watch List because they present the most significant concerns regarding IP rights. Those nations include Algeria, Argentina, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Russia, Thailand, and Venezuela. 

"Nations such as China continue to use innovation mercantilist practices as a national strategy to expand innovation and economic growth, despite numerous agreements designed to prevent these practices," Atkinson adds. "It is our hope the United States and our European allies will take a tougher line against these practices and press foreign nations to follow the agreed-upon trade standards."

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The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is a Washington, D.C.-based think tank at the cutting edge of designing innovation strategies and technology policies to create economic opportunities and improve quality of life in the United States and around the world. Founded in 2006, ITIF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, non-partisan organization that documents the beneficial role technology plays in our lives and provides fact-based analysis and pragmatic ideas for improving technology-driven productivity, boosting competitiveness, and meeting today's global challenges through innovation. For additional information, visit ITIF at