– Sens. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) introduced
legislation making foreign nationals engaged in the theft of U.S. intellectual
property and other sensitive proprietary information inadmissible to and
deportable from the United States.
Theft of Intellectual Property Act makes foreign nationals deportable
and inadmissible if they are found to have violated laws preventing the export
of certain goods, technology or sensitive information, or laws related to
economic espionage and the theft or misappropriation of trade secrets.
years, hostile regimes, especially the Chinese Communist party, have sought to
infiltrate, replicate and abscond with sensitive U.S.-based research and
innovation to the detriment of our businesses and scientists. The CCP and
others have targeted researchers in an apparent effort to steal and disrupt critical
achievements, like the development of the COVID-19 vaccine. That selfish and
dangerous campaign is not welcome in this country,” Grassley said.
like Iran and China have proven they’ll use whatever means possible to steal
American intellectual property, trade secrets, and other valuable
information. We need to erect as many deterrents as possible, from
countermeasures in cyberspace to strong penalties in American law,” Whitehouse said.
Justice Department last year charged multiple
suspected of working with the Chinese government to breach networks in the
United States and steal trade secrets and intellectual property, including
COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccine research. Russia and Iran
targeted American companies, laboratories and universities to steal research
and intellectual property.
the Stop Theft of Intellectual Property Act, foreign nationals
targeting sensitive U.S. information in the public or private sector, including
academia, would be prohibited from entering or remaining in the United States.
The bill would also require an annual report to Congress about the individuals
determined to be inadmissible or deportable for IP theft.
and Whitehouse are also examining ways to screen federal grant applicants to
better identify researchers seeking to misappropriate intellectual property
Theft of Intellectual Property Act