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China’s Intellectual Property Rights and Indigenous Innovation Policy

The U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission will hold a hearing on intellectual property rights and indigenous innovation policy in China.

May 4, 2011 8:30pm to 4:15pm

Co-chairs: Commissioner Dick D’Amato and Commissioner Dennis Shea

Former Commissioner D’Amato was reappointed by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for a two-year term expiring December 31, 2012. Mr. D’Amato served as a Commissioner from 2001 to 2007 and was previously elected Chairman for two report cycles.

Hon. Dennis C. Shea: Government and public policy attorney, former director of policy for the Bob Dole for President Campaign, and Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Reappointed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for a two-year term expiring December 31, 2012.


Establishment: The Commission was created on October 30, 2000 by the Floyd D. Spence National Defense Authorization Act for 2001 § 1238, P.L. 106-398, 114 STAT. 1654A-334 (2000) (codified at 22 U.S.C.§ 7002 (2001), as amended by the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act for 2002 § 645 (regarding employment status of staff) & § 648 (regarding changing annual report due date from March to June), P.L. 107-67, 115 STAT. 514 (Nov. 12, 2001); as amended by Division P of the "Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, 2003," P.L. 108-7 (Feb. 20, 2003) (regarding Commission name change, terms of Commissioners, and responsibilities of Commission); as amended by P.L. 109-108 (H.R. 2862) (Nov. 22, 2005) (regarding responsibilities of Commission and applicability of FACA).

Purpose:  To monitor, investigate, and submit to Congress an annual report on the national security implications of the bilateral trade and economic relationship between the United States and the People’s Republic of China, and to provide recommendations, where appropriate, to Congress for legislative and administrative action.  Public Law 109-108 directs the Commission to focus its work and study on the following eight areas:  proliferation practices, economic transfers, energy, U.S. capital markets, regional economic and security impacts, U.S.-China bilateral programs, WTO compliance, and the implications of restrictions on speech and access to information in the People’s Republic of China.

Composition: The Commission is composed of 12 members, three of whom are selected by each of the Majority and Minority Leaders of the Senate, and the Speaker and the Minority Leader of the House.  The Commissioners serve two-year terms.

Staff: The commissioners are supported by policy and administrative staff with extensive backgrounds in trade, economics, weapons proliferation, foreign policy, and U.S.-PRC relations.  Some are fluent or proficient in Chinese (Mandarin), and most have significant prior working and traveling experience in China and Taiwan. 


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