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How East Asian companies can stand up to pressure from US protectionist IP policies

By YP Jou and Warren Chan

A turbulent IP and trade environment has Asian tech firms caught in the crossfire. They need to use every tool at their disposal to protect their businesses

Since the enactment of the Trade Act of 1974, the United States has investigated and imposed trade restrictions on several countries and numerous companies in East Asia, starting with Japan in the 1970s, Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong in the 1980s and China in the 2000s. Increasing exports from East Asia led to the United States making allegations of unfair trade practices against Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong for IP infringement and counterfeiting, and against China for the theft of intellectual property and trade secrets.

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