Foreign Sovereigns and Innovation, Job Creation, and International Competition

Intellectual Property Practice Group

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Many are noting an increased use of antitrust enforcement by foreign governments, particularly in Asia, to regulate intellectual property licensing activity of U.S. companies.  The U.S. economy relies on longstanding principles of private markets and competition – are Asian competition authorities using antitrust powers in protectionist ways to devalue U.S. intellectual property to benefit their own government-owned companies and economies?  How do foreign enforcement regimes differ in terms of substantive law, and due process?  What does all this mean for American business competitiveness and innovation, including U.S. leadership in the development of 5G mobile networks, the Internet of Things, and other critical innovative industries from medical devices to automobiles?