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Donald Trump says US will not tolerate theft of jobs, wealth, intellectual property

US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that intellectual property theft is estimated to cost the economy as much as $600 billion a year.

world Updated: Apr 27, 2018 23:39 IST
US President Donald Trump speaks during in Oval Office at the White House in Washington.
US President Donald Trump speaks during in Oval Office at the White House in Washington.(Reuters File Photo)

The United States will no longer turn a blind eye to the theft of American jobs, wealth and the intellectual property, President Donald Trump has said.

Trump also proclaimed April 26 as the World Intellectual Property Day, 2018.

Trump said on Thursday that intellectual property theft is estimated to cost the economy as much as $600 billion a year.

“Our country will no longer turn a blind eye to the theft of American jobs, wealth, and intellectual property through the unfair and unscrupulous economic practices of some foreign actors. These practices are harmful not only to our nation’s businesses and workers but to our national security as well,” Trump said.

“To protect our economic and national security, I have directed federal agencies to aggressively respond to the theft of American intellectual property. In combatting this intellectual property theft, and in enforcing fair and reciprocal trade policy, we will protect American jobs and promote global innovation,” he said.

The United States continues to demand the protection of intellectual property rights abroad, he said adding that his administration will also take steps to strengthen the patent system at home.