The White House said on Wednesday it will step up diplomatic pressure and study whether tougher laws are needed to stop a wave of trade secret theft from China and other countries in a strategy that offered few new ideas for dealing with the threat.
“Trade secret theft threatens American businesses, undermines national security and places the security of the U.S. economy in jeopardy,” the White House said in a report that laid out its strategy. “These acts also diminish U.S. export prospects around the globe and put American jobs at risk.”
“Emerging trends indicate that the pace of economic espionage and trade secret theft against U.S. corporations is accelerating,” the White House warned in the report, which listed threats to corporate intellectual property from cyber attacks and more conventional methods of economic espionage.
The report did not specifically name any country as the main culprit. But it listed more than a dozen cases of trade secret theft by Chinese companies or individuals, far more than any other country mentioned in the report.
U.S. corporate victims of the Chinese theft included General Motors, Ford, DuPont, Dow Chemical and Cargill.
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