SBE Council Statement: Executive Memorandum on China and IP

By at 14 August, 2017, 3:30 pm



Washington, D.C. – Today, President Donald J. Trump signed an Executive Memorandum directing the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to  consider whether to investigate China’s laws, policies, or actions that may be harming or undermining American intellectual property (IP), innovation or technology.  In response to this action, Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) president & CEO Karen Kerrigan said:

“Entrepreneurs and small businesses have consistently expressed challenges protecting their IP in China.  Small firms in particular have little or no leverage when it comes to forced technology transfer or other actions where IP is compromised or stolen. The investigation is an opportunity to explore the facts and determine successful approaches going forward so that commerce between our two countries is strong, market-based and fair. We are hopeful leaders in our nation and in China will constructively work to resolve these critical issues as U.S.-China commerce is very important to overall growth and opportunity.”

SBE Council chief economist Raymond J. Keating added:

“Let’s be clear, China has long fallen short in terms of establishing and protecting intellectual property rights. In fact, it’s still troubling not just for U.S. entrepreneurs and small businesses doing business in China, but it is a grave issue for Chinese firms and the overall China economy. China’s long-run economic growth and development  – like many other nations – depends on moving to a full market economy and establishing sound protections for intellectual property.”

For more information on the protection of IP and its importance to small business, entrepreneurship and innovation, you can download SBE Council’s latest booklet Unleashing Small Business Through IP: The Role of Intellectual Property in Driving Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Investment and it is available free on SBE Council’s website here.

CONTACT: Karen Kerrigan, Raymond Keating


SBE Council is a nonpartisan, nonprofit advocacy, research and education organization that works to protect small business and promote entrepreneurship. For nearly 25 years SBE Council has successfully worked to implement a range of policy and private sector initiatives to strengthen the ecosystem for startups and small business growth. To learn more, visit SBE Council’s website:  Follow on Twitter: @SBECouncil

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