The protection of IP rights is a competitive tool in the global economy. A recent report from authored by Dennis Blair, former director of national intelligence in the U.S. and Jon Huntsman Jr. former governor of Utah and U.S. ambassador to China (and probably the most decent of the candidates running for the GOP last year) discuss this in their recent article in the Washington Post. They both work for the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property (The IP Commission).
On Wednesday, the IP Commission released its report: The Report of the Commission on the Theft of American Intellectual Property (PDF). Makes for interesting reading for Canadians.
The Americans have the Economic Espionage Act, the Foreign Economic Espionage Penalty Enhancement Act and the Theft of Trade Secrets Clarification Act.
Is it time for Canadian legislation on the protection of trade secrets?