Blair and Huntsman: In China “Ethical” Multinationals Procure Counterfeit Items

By Dr. Danny Friedmann


The Report of the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property which was written in May 2013 by  Dennis C. Blair (former Director of National Intelligence and Commander in Chief of the U.S. Pacific Command) and Jon M. Huntsman, Jr (former Ambassador to China, Governor of the state of Utah, and Deputy U.S. Trade Representative) includes  the following sentence:


In China, where many overseas supply chains extend, even ethical multinational  companies frequently procure counterfeit items or items whose manufacture benefits from stolen IP, including proprietary business processes, counterfeited machine tools, pirated software, etc.


One questions how many counterfeits an “ethical”  multinational company should procure before it is not considered an ethical multinational company in the eyes of the commission.

Read the report here.
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