April 27, 2020 HISTORY AND THE LAW

Theft of IP, U.S. Style

Thomas J. Shaw

Acquiring the intellectual property of U.S. companies through theft or economic pressure is a key issue in the current trade dispute between the United States and China. However, not so long ago, it was the United States that was doing the confiscating. During World War I, without agreement or compensation, the U.S. government seized and sold the IP of companies owned by its enemies.

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