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International Theft of Trade Secrets, International Patent Infringement, and International Intellectual Property Rights Infringement are on the Rise by Texas International Patent Infringement Lawyer, Texas International Trade Secret Theft Lawyer, and Texas International Business Litigation Lawyer Jason S. Coomer

International theft of trade secrets and international intellectual property right infringement are on the rise as China, Mexico, Russia, and other emerging countries are seeking to improve their technology to move up the manufacturing value chain.  With fierce competition from countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia and Bangladesh attempting to undercut China's manufacturing of labor-intensive goods as well as higher end supply chain manufacturing competition from other emerging countries being placed on China, Russia, and Mexico; the pressure to obtain high end trade secrets and intellectual property has led to corporate espionage and theft of valuable trade secrets and intellectual property.

If you are aware of and have evidence of a multinational corporation, business competitor, dishonest corporate officer, business partner, joint venture partner, owner, or employee that has stolen trade secrets, infringed on intellectual property rights, or used unfair business practices against your business, feel free to submit an inquiry or send an e-mail to Austin Texas International Business Litigation Lawyer, International Patent Infringement Lawyer, and International Trade Secret Theft Lawyer Jason Coomer.  As an international business lawyer, Jason S. Coomer commonly works with other lawyers in handling international business litigation including international SEC Foreign Corrupt Practices Act whistleblower lawsuits, international theft of trade secrets lawsuits, international patent infringement lawsuits, shareholder actions, breach of fiduciary duty lawsuits, conflict of interest lawsuits, unfair business competition lawsuits, intentional interference with business contracts lawsuits, breach of contract lawsuits, and other business tort litigation.

International Patent Infringement Lawsuits, International Trade Secret Theft Lawsuits, International Supply Chain Procurement Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuits, International Patent Infringement Qui Tam Lawsuits, and International Business Litigation Lawsuits

International theft of trade secret lawsuits, international patent infringement lawsuits, international intellectual property right infringement lawsuits, and other international business litigation lawsuits can be complicated legal matters requiring an experienced legal team to work across jurisdictions and work with different government entities.   These cases can include direct actions between large multinational corporations as well as potential whistleblower actions regarding complicated supply chain procurement fraud.


Establish U.S. Government-Wide Working Group to Prevent U.S. Government Purchase of Counterfeit Products
The 2011 IPEC Annual Report on Intellectual Property Enforcement

As the purchaser of over $500 billion in goods and services per year, the U S Government must ensure that it does not purchase counterfeit goods, secure its supply chain, and take the necessary steps to combat the evolving tactics of counterfeiters The Joint Strategic Plan established a government-wide working group to prevent the purchase and use of counterfeit products Over the last year, the IPEC convened an interagency group consisting of subject matter experts to develop an anti-counterfeiting framework that is flexible enough to accommodate the wide variety of missions across the government and their different systems of procurement The Office of Federal Procurement Policy (OFPP), Department of Defense (DOD), DOJ, and NASA have assumed leadership roles within the working group based on their vast expertise with U S Government procurement and anti-counterfeiting practices Other members include the DOC, Department of Energy, HHS, DHS, and Department of Transportation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Missile Defense Agency, the General Services Administration, the Small Business Administration, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the National Reconnaissance Office The main focus of this interagency working group is to ensure that the U S Government has the necessary tools to ensure that it does not purchase or use counterfeit products The working group is examining legislative authority, regulations, procurement policy and guidance, industry studies and reports, and international anti-counterfeiting standards in order to identify areas where risk to the security of U S Government supply chain from counterfeit parts can be reduced The working group developed six objectives to focus the group’s efforts to identify legislative, regulatory, or policy gaps and propose solutions to fill those gaps The six objectives are:

• Counterfeit Risk Assessment
• Supplier Requirements
• Traceability
• Testing and Evaluation of Goods
• Counterfeit Training and Outreach
• Enforcement Remedies

The group is developing a government-wide strategy using tools that are already at the U S Government’s disposal and creating new tools to combat the purchase or use of counterfeit goods by the U S Government The strategy will focus on reducing the risk of counterfeit items entering the supply chain, dealing efficiently with any suspected counterfeit items that do enter the supply chain, and strengthening remedies against those who provide counterfeit items to the U S Government.

International Economic Espionage Lawsuits, International Trade Secret Theft Lawsuits, International Corporate Espionage Lawsuits, and International Business Litigation Lawsuits

International theft of trade secret lawsuits, international corporate espionage lawsuits, international intellectual property theft lawsuits, and other international business litigation lawsuits are often complicated cases requiring an experienced legal team to help review the evidence of the theft and work to determine who are the responsible parties of the corporate espionage.  Further, it can often be difficult to track defendants through multiple jurisdictions and corporate shells to obtain compensation for international theft of trade secrets and international corporate espionage.  It is often important to work with experienced attorneys that are used to dealing with different government entities and researching money trails to locate guilty corporations.  


Enforcing U.S. Intellectual Property Rights Internationally
The 2011 IPEC Annual Report on Intellectual Property Enforcement

Fighting intellectual property rights infringement in other countries is a critical component of enforcing intellectual property rights. China is the number one source of infringing products seized at the U S border and is a major focus of the Administration’s increased attention to the problems of inadequate protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in foreign countries.

The 2011 report contains a special section highlighting the U S Government’s focus on China’s intellectual property rights enforcement.

• In January 2011, President Obama raised the issue of intellectual property directly with President Hu Jintao during his State Visit to Washington, D C This engagement resulted in President Hu’s commitment that China will not link its innovation policies to the provision of government procurement preferences, as well as a commitment to conduct audits to ensure that Chinese government agencies at all levels use only legitimate software

• In August 2011, Vice President Biden continued the Administration’s engagement on intellectual property rights as part of his trip to China During his visit, he pressed for better enforcement in several forums, including in meetings with China’s Vice President, Xi Jinping, who promised that China will “intensify IPR protection and treat all businesses as equals in terms of the accreditation of indigenous innovation products and government procurement”

• At the November 2011 U S -China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT), coordinated by Secretary Bryson and Ambassador Kirk, China agreed to establish, for the first time, a permanent State Council-level leadership structure, headed by a Vice Premier, to lead and coordinate intellectual property enforcement across all of China China also agreed to eliminate by December 1, 2011 any “indigenous innovation” product accreditation catalogues or other measures linking innovation policies to government procurement preferences Chinese companies have been implicated as intended beneficiaries in several recent trade secret and economic espionage cases prosecuted by DOJ

• In March 2011, in response to the growing threat of economic espionage and trade secret theft, the IPEC released the Administration’s recommendation that Congress increase the statutory maximum prison sentence for economic espionage to 20 years or more.

The IPEC also recommended that Congress direct the U S Sentencing Commission to increase penalties through sentencing enhancements based on the defendant’s criminal conduct The 2011 report provides a further examination of the Administration’s focus on combating economic espionage and the theft of trade secrets.

International Pharmaceutical Patent Infringement Lawsuits, International Pharmaceutical Trade Secret Theft Lawsuits, and International Fake Drug Ingredient Whistleblower Lawsuits

International pharmaceutical supply chain fraud lawsuits, international pharmaceutical patent infringement lawsuits, international fake drug lawsuits, and other international pharmaceutical fraud lawsuits can include direct actions between large multinational drug companies, Medicare fraud whistleblower lawsuits, Medicaid fraud whistleblower lawsuits, US Military fraud whistleblower lawsuits, and SEC drug fraud whistleblower lawsuits.  Understanding the potential causes of action and how to research these complicated cases is essential to determining how to move forward on these actions.  For more information on these case, please feel free to go to the following web pages: International Adulterated Drug Supply Chain Whistleblower Reward Lawsuits, Drug Safety Fraud Qui Tam Adulterated Drug Whistleblower Reward LawsuitsOff-Label Pharmaceutical Medicare Fraud Whistleblower Lawsuits and Drug Procurement Illegal Kickback Lawsuits.


Combating Counterfeit Pharmaceuticals
The 2011 IPEC Annual Report on Intellectual Property Enforcement

The IPEC continues to monitor and strive for more coordination and enforcement against counterfeit pharmaceuticals Manufacturers and importers play a critical role in combating counterfeit pharmaceuticals and the serious public health risks that these counterfeits present The increasing threat of counterfeit pharmaceuticals demands a strong response, including better and more efficient tools to prevent their entry into the U S supply chain, remove them from the supply chain, and investigate and prosecute offenders.

• In March 2011, the IPEC sent to Vice President Biden and to Congress a pharmaceutical strategy that set out concrete steps the Administration will take to fight counterfeit drugs sold on the Internet, smuggled into the United States, and distributed in cities nationwide and overseas, including increased law enforcement, voluntary agreements with the private sector to not provide services to fake“pharmacies,” legislative recommendations to improve enforcement tools, increased public awareness, increased international cooperation and targeted capacity building and training The strategy was developed by the interagency working group on counterfeit pharmaceuticals established by IPEC, which includes U S Food and Drug Administration (FDA), CBP, ICE, DOJ, State, DOC, and the U S Agency for International Development, and is available at: http://www whitehouse gov/sites/default/files/omb/IPEC/Pharma_Report_Final pdf 

International Patent Infringement Lawsuits, International Trade Secret Theft Lawsuits, and International Business Litigation Lawsuits

International theft of trade secret lawsuits, international patent infringement lawsuits, international intellectual property right infringement lawsuits, and other international business litigation lawsuits can be complicated legal matters requiring an experienced legal team to work across jurisdictions and work with different government entities.   These cases can include direct actions between large multinational corporations as well as potential whistleblower actions regarding complicated supply chain procurement fraud.


Ensuring Efficiency and Coordination
The 2011 IPEC Annual Report on Intellectual Property Enforcement

There has been significant progress in improving agency coordination and increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of law enforcement efforts at the Federal, state and local level, of personnel stationed overseas, and of the U S Government’s international training efforts In February 2011, President Obama created a significant tool to improve coordination by issuing Executive Order 13565 which established a Cabinet-level advisory committee, chaired by IPEC, comprised of the heads of the departments responsible for intellectual property enforcement, namely the USDA, DOC, HHS, DHS, DOJ, State, USTR, Treasury, and the Office of Management and Budget U S law enforcement authorities continue to maximize their limited resources in a coordinated and efficient manner to fight the tide of infringing and potentially dangerous products entering the U S and the global market It is critical that we aggressively combat the theft of our technology and innovation by counterfeiting and piracy, by patent infringement, and by trade secret theft.
• DHS agencies—CBP and ICE combined—increased seizures of counterfeit pharmaceuticals by almost 200 percent, increased fake consumer safety and critical technology merchandise seizures by 44 percent, and increased overall seizures by 24 percent in comparison to FY 2010 (an overall increase of 67 percent in comparison to FY 2009)
• ICE HSI reported significant benchmark increases due to its enforcement activities, including a 17 percent increase in new investigations, a 57 percent increase in arrests, a 64 percent increase in indictments, and a 71 percent increase in convictions in comparison to 2010
• The IPR Center also maximized precious resources by de-conflicting cases to ensure investigative resources are not duplicated and wasted The number of cases de-conflicted increased to 2,877—a 429 percent increase in comparison to 2010
• The FBI increased its number of new trade secret investigations by 29 percent and its number of health and safety investigations by 87 percent over FY 2010
• DOJ prosecutions have resulted in significantly higher sentences, reflecting the gravity of the cases brought The number of sentences of 60+ months and 37-60 months has doubled and tripled, respectively, over FY 2010 DOJ has also increased its focus on economic espionage and trade secret theft In December, former Cargill and Dow Chemical employee and confessed economic spy Kexue Huang was sentenced to 87 months in federal prison—the strongest possible sentence—for passing agribusiness and agrichemical trade secrets to a Chinese university conducting research on behalf of the Chinese government.

Internationally, this year marked the first time that U S embassies in 17 key countries—China, Brazil, India, Russia, Thailand, Canada, Chile, Egypt, Colombia, Mexico, Ukraine, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Peru, Turkey, and Nigeria—each have a formal interagency team of U S Government personnel stationed there to help improve the host country’s protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights To help facilitate coordination of the U S Government’s international training efforts, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“USPTO”) this year launched a searchable database (www usipr gov) where all relevant U S Government agencies now post information on the intellectual property enforcement trainings they conduct In 2011 alone, the database listed over 100 training programs conducted by 7 U S Government agencies in 36 countries.

International Theft of Trade Secrets Lawsuits and
International Breach of Fiduciary Duty Lawsuits

Corporate officers, competing businesses, and employees that wrongfully steal intellectual property including theft of trade secrets, customer lists, patents, and copyrights can be held liable for breach of fiduciary duty, conversion, fraud, and other business torts.  As the intellectual property owned by a business becomes more valuable and easier to steal through technology, it is increasingly important for businesses to protect their intellectual property as well as to make an example of officers, business partners, independent contractors, and employees that steal intellectual property. 

In moving forward on a Breach of Fiduciary Duty Lawsuit against a former corporate officer or a Theft of Trade Secrets Lawsuit against a former employer and their new company, it is important to have an experienced business litigation lawyer or business litigation team that is able to review and prosecute your International Theft of Trade Secrets Lawsuit or International Breach of Fiduciary Duty Lawsuit.


US Technologies and Trade Secrets at Risk in Cyberspace
Foreign Spies Stealing US Economic Secrets in Cyberspace

The pace of foreign economic collection and industrial espionage activities against major US corporations and US Government agencies is accelerating. FIS, corporations, and private individuals increased their efforts in 2009-2011 to steal proprietary technologies, which cost millions of dollars to develop and represented tens or hundreds of millions of dollars in potential profits. The computer networks of a broad array of US Government agencies, private companies, universities, and other institutions—all holding large volumes of sensitive economic information—were targeted by cyber espionage; much of this activity appears to have originated in China.

Foreign collectors commonly take advantage of the cyber environment because it is difficult to detect and to attribute responsibility for these operations. Some of these cyber attacks include:

• The proliferation of malicious software (malware) presents opportunities for intelligence services and other actors to launch operations with limited resources and without developing unique tools that can be associated with them.
• Hacker websites are prevalent across the Internet, and tool sharing is common, causing intrusions by unrelated actors to exhibit similar technical characteristics.
• FIS and other foreign entities have used independent hackers at times to augment their capabilities and act as proxies for intrusions, thereby providing plausible deniability.
• Many actors route operations through computers in third countries or physically operate from third countries to obscure the origin of their activity.

Texas Patent Litigation Lawyer

Texas Patent Infringement Lawyer, Texas Theft of Trade Secrets Lawyer, and Texas Intellectual Property Lawyer, Jason Coomer, handles Patent Litigation Lawsuits including patent infringement; patent malpractice; and patent ownership dispute claims.  As a Texas Patent Litigation Lawyer, Jason Coomer handles complicated intellectual property and technology disputes in Federal Court, Texas State Court, and Arbitration.    If you need an Austin Texas Patent Litigation Lawyer to advise you on an intellectual property lawsuit, e-mail Texas International Patent Litigation Lawyer, Jason Coomer. or use our online submission form.

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Texas International Business Litigation Lawyer Jason Coomer frequently works with other International Business Litigation Lawyers throughout the World including Houston International Patent Infringement Lawyers, Dallas International Business Litigation Lawyers, San Antonio International Business Litigation Lawyers, California International Business Lawyers, New York International Business Lawyers, Florida International Business Lawyers, and other Austin International Business Tort Lawyers to provide high end professional legal services at reasonable prices.  He understands that many businesses have locations throughout world and may require good international business lawyers in different locations throughout the world.

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Texas international business litigation lawyer, Jason S. Coomer, helps business owners protect their assets from theft of trade secrets, patent infringement, corporate espionage, dishonest employees, breaches of contract, breaches of fiduciary duty, and unfair corporate competition by seeking compensation for damages, exemplary damages, and litigation costs from businesses and individuals that have committed wrongs.  If you need a Texas International Business Litigation Lawyer or a Texas International Patent Infringement Attorney for international patent infringement, international theft of trade secrets, breaches of fiduciary duties, corrupt corporate officers, dishonest employee, fraudulent partner or owner, unfair business competition, or other business litigation dispute, contact Austin Texas International Business Litigation Lawyer Jason Coomer.

 

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