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house Bill H.R. 7036

Should Companies Like ZTE That Steal Intellectual Property Face Export Controls?

Argument in favor

Economic growth and innovation are undermined by intellectual property theft and patent infringement. Businesses that don’t abide by IP law shouldn’t be allowed to continue conducting business and getting ahead of the competition through dirty tactics.

Tooluser1's Opinion
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12/07/2018
Thieves should never prosper. <Looking directly at Congress>
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Lionman's Opinion
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12/07/2018
IP theft is one of the biggest problems with China.
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Adam's Opinion
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12/07/2018
End the stupid trade war and crack down on these intellectual cyber crimes
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Argument opposed

The Commerce Department is already actively addressing patent issues and intellectual theft. Individual companies are also vigilant about their own IP, filing cases in court and pursuing other remedies — such as royalties — for patent infringement.

Paul's Opinion
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12/07/2018
I’m sorry, but the deal killer is the removal of the requirement for an aggrieved plaintiff to prove irreparable harm. In the context of foreign corporate espionage it sounds good, but it endangers fair use and ignores the Edison effect. We CAN fight foreign corporate espionage without gutting rights for smaller developers and artists.
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Chickie's Opinion
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12/07/2018
As this reads, it sounds like it’s a good plan. However, this act will enable and enforce big business ~ even more than they are. As this is already being addressed by the Commerce Department, (the agency tasked to control such issues), why another act? Is it to say ‘we really, really mean it’ vs ‘we really mean it’? There is so much waste in our government, both waste of money and waste of time.
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KansasTamale's Opinion
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12/07/2018
The removal of the requirement for an aggrieved plaintiff to prove irreparable harm is s must. It covers foreign corporate espionage well, but fair use is in danger and it does nothing to protect from the Edison effect. We Must fight foreign corporate espionage, BUT WE CAN’T take away smaller developers and artists rights. Seems to me the TTP covered this. Trump did away with it because it was an Obama idea. Reinstate the TTP.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Committee on the Judiciary
    IntroducedOctober 5th, 2018
    This is amazing hard issue to solve and protect our intellectual properties. That is why we elect representative to congress to develop solutions to our country’s challenges. So congress do your job here and protect our democracy and keep money out of politics.
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    They should never ever be allowed to come to our country!! They are using their equipment to spy on us and get the edge of technology!! No!!!
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    Yes
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    The Commerce Department is already actively addressing patent issues and intellectual theft. Individual companies are also vigilant about their own IP, filing cases in court and pursuing other remedies — such as royalties — for patent infringement.
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    I don’t like “Because I said so” legislation. Prove harm or it didn’t happen.
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    Anyone who steals should face some type of penalty, big and small. The penalty should fit the infraction.
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    I agree with the argument that this can be use dnefariously. Taking away proof and repalcing it with Someone who doesnt like the company or hates the President
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    If you steal a patent you can’t then sell it in the same market. If the patent prevents fare use or the market needs a second source, we have ways of correcting that. We aren’t talking about artisans, we are talking about a government that requires a written procedure of start to finish production, materials used, and all drawings. Then suddenly a company nearby makes the exact product, and sells it for less, in your market, to your clients, earning money for the Chinese government, and taking money from our gdp, which means less tax, less money for social programs, less humanitarian aid, less pensions funded, etc.
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    We needs to put ethics back into the business world.
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    If it violates trade deals, HELL YES!
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    This is a joke, isn’t it? This bill seems to imply that corporations should operate according to a set of ethics. They never have and never will. Business, especially large and international business, operates on jungle rules.
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    No, because this is already in effect. It just needs to be enforced.
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    They should be banned from doing business in US. Their executives should be subject to criminal and civil prosecution and damages.
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    Where is all this tough talk against countries that steal from us? Let us put some action behind it and kick out those companies who do such things.
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    All this bill does is arm major corporations with the legal weapon to fine anyone they want into imprisonment. No more power should go to the upper class and the backers of this bill should be tried for treason. Their loyalties lie not to the people of the United States but to its currency.
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    This is a big gift to corporations wrapped in a big blow to continue monopolistic policies which by extension continue the white-hetero -patriarchal-colonial dominance around the goal. Thieves gonna thieve, prove you were harmed and then action can be taken
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    This is probably one of the few points that I can concur with conservative voters.
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    They should be bared from every doing business in the United States.
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    China is the dirtiest player on Earth when it comes to business, patents, and technology. President Trump has done a good job of holding them accountable and punishing them for their behavior, but Congress should certainly pass this bill. The provisions could be codified into law, or at the very least the legislation could be used as leverage during the ongoing US trade negotiations with China.
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    They should face jail time and a hefty restitution payment to the offended.
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