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Aug. 4, 2022

RealClearPolicy: DOJ Withdraws Proposed Threat to National Security by James Edwards

In a welcome move, a proposal that posed a threat to U.S. national security has been withdrawn. America’s valuable, cutting-edge inventions would have been more vulnerable to Chinese and other competitors’ theft — along with an antitrust sledgehammer wielded against U.S. innovators.

That proposal, released this past December by the U.S. Department of Justice, the Patent and Trademark Office and the National Institute of Standards and Technology withdrew a pro-innovation 2019 joint policy statement by those agencies. Their new draft would have replaced the 2019 statement with new guidance that would undermine the protection of patents that are part a technological standard (such as those used in cutting edge technologies like 5G, AI and mobile).

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