Shook, Hardy & Bacon Intellectual Property Attorney Tom Moga has been cited in the U.S. International Trade Commission’s (ITC’s) May 2011 report on intellectual property rights (IPR) and indigenous innovation policies in China, and how they affect the U.S. economy and employment.
According to the commission, many U.S. businesses have reported losses “associated with IPR infringement in China, including losses in sales, profits, and license and royalty fees, as well as damage to brand names and product reputation,” and registered concern over the future implications of China’s indigenous innovation policies.
To this end, the ITC report aims to quantify (i) “the estimated size and scope of IPR infringement in China, as reported by U.S. IP-intensive firms”; (ii) “the potential effects of a substantial improvement in IPR protection in China on the U.S. economy and employment, as a measurable proxy for the economic effects associated with IPR infringement in China on the U.S. economy and employment”; and (iii) “the U.S. economic effects resulting from China’s indigenous innovation policies.”
During the report’s preparation, Moga met with ITC economist Kate Litton to discuss technology transfer and research and development requirements pertaining to China’s automotive joint ventures. The final report specifically references “Tech Transfer Turning Point?,” an article Moga authored in the September-October 2010 edition of China Business Review, in addressing “the relatively low royalty rates offered by Chinese companies for access to new technology.”