SIIA Welcomes Administration Taking Steps Against Unfair Chinese Trade Practices

For Immediate Release:
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SIIA Welcomes Administration Taking Steps Against Unfair Chinese Trade Practices

WASHINGTON, D.C. (August 14, 2017) —The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) today applauded the Trump Administration for taking major steps to address infringement of U.S. Intellectual Property by China.  President Trump directed U.S. Trade Representative, Robert Lighthizer, to determine whether to investigate China’s exploitation of U.S. intellectual property rights under Section 301 of the 1974 Trade Act.

Ken Wasch, President and CEO of SIIA, issued the following statement:

“It is highly critical that effective intellectual property protection measures for software and digital content companies be enforced.  U.S. companies frequently run into problems in China which negatively impact their intellectual property like counterfeiting and piracy, technology transfer requirements, unfair competition rules,  and secure and controllable policies.  These unfair practices must be addressed. 

“We welcome the Administration’s focus on intellectual property protection and applaud its initiative on this pressing issue for U.S. tech companies.  SIIA looks forward to working with the Administration in this area.”

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