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Mitt Plan: Attack China, Win The Valley

Publication Date: 
October 18, 2011
Michelle Quinn

Professor Mark Lemley is quoted in the following Politico article by Michelle Quinn on Mitt Romney's plan to increase efforts to enforce intellectual property rights.

Mitt Romney seems to have settled on an unorthodox tack to win hearts and minds in Silicon Valley: Go after China.

At first blush, the strategy looks like a surefire winner, allowing Romney to tap into populist protectionist sentiment and air tech industry grievances about intellectual property theft all at once.


Romney’s accusation that the Obama administration has been weak on IP enforcement is surprising, said Stanford Law School professor Mark Lemley, because historically Democrats have been stronger advocates of tougher IP enforcement than Republicans.

The Obama administration has tried to shut down IP infringement by seizing foreign websites accused of IP infringement without a hearing or trial, Lemley said.

“It's remarkable to see a Republican candidate trying to outflank Obama as being insufficiently supportive of Hollywood and IP owners,” he said.