skip to main content

S. 1294: Protecting American Intellectual Property Act of 2021


The text of the bill below is as of Apr 21, 2021 (Introduced).


II

117th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1294

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 21, 2021

(for himself and Mr. Sasse) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

A BILL

To authorize the imposition of sanctions with respect to foreign persons that have engaged in significant theft of trade secrets of United States persons, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Protecting American Intellectual Property Act of 2021.

2.

Imposition of sanctions with respect to theft of trade secrets of United States persons

(a)

Report required

(1)

In general

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, and not less frequently than annually thereafter, the President shall submit to the appropriate congressional committees a report—

(A)

identifying any foreign person the President determines, during the period specified in paragraph (2)—

(i)

has knowingly engaged in, or benefitted from, significant theft of trade secrets of United States persons, if the theft of such trade secrets—

(I)

occurred on or after such date of enactment; and

(II)

is reasonably likely to result in, or has materially contributed to, a significant threat to the national security, foreign policy, or economic health or financial stability of the United States;

(ii)

has provided significant financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services in support of or to benefit significantly from, such theft;

(iii)

is an entity that is owned or controlled by, or that has acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, any foreign person identified under clause (i) or (ii); or

(iv)

is a chief executive officer or member of the board of directors of any foreign entity identified under clause (i) or (ii);

(B)

describing the nature, objective, and outcome of the theft of trade secrets each foreign person described in subparagraph (A)(i) engaged in or benefitted from; and

(C)

assessing whether any chief executive officer or member of the board of directors described in clause (iv) of subparagraph (A) engaged in, or benefitted from, activity described in clause (i) or (ii) of that subparagraph.

(2)

Period specified

The period specified in this paragraph is—

(A)

in the case of the first report required by paragraph (1), the period beginning on the date of the enactment of this Act and ending on the date on which the report is required to be submitted; and

(B)

in the case of each subsequent report required by paragraph (1), the one-year period preceding the date on which the report is required to be submitted.

(3)

Form of report

Each report required by paragraph (1) shall be submitted in unclassified form but may include a classified annex.

(b)

Authority To impose sanctions

(1)

Sanctions applicable to entities

In the case of a foreign entity identified under subparagraph (A) of subsection (a)(1) in the most recent report submitted under that subsection, the President shall impose not less than 5 of the following:

(A)

Blocking of property

The President may, pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), block and prohibit all transactions in all property and interests in property of the entity if such property and interests in property are in the United States, come within the United States, or are or come within the possession or control of a United States person.

(B)

Inclusion on entity list

The President may include the entity on the entity list maintained by the Bureau of Industry and Security of the Department of Commerce and set forth in Supplement No. 4 to part 744 of the Export Administration Regulations, for activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States.

(C)

Export-import bank assistance for exports to sanctioned persons

The President may direct the Export-Import Bank of the United States not to give approval to the issuance of any guarantee, insurance, extension of credit, or participation in the extension of credit in connection with the export of any goods or services to the entity.

(D)

Loans from united states financial institutions

The President may prohibit any United States financial institution from making loans or providing credits to the entity totaling more than $10,000,000 in any 12-month period unless the person is engaged in activities to relieve human suffering and the loans or credits are provided for such activities.

(E)

Loans from international financial institutions

The President may direct the United States executive director to each international financial institution to use the voice and vote of the United States to oppose any loan from the international financial institution that would benefit the entity.

(F)

Prohibitions on financial institutions

The following prohibitions may be imposed against the entity if the entity is a financial institution:

(i)

Prohibition on designation as primary dealer

Neither the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System nor the Federal Reserve Bank of New York may designate, or permit the continuation of any prior designation of, the financial institution as a primary dealer in United States Government debt instruments.

(ii)

Prohibition on service as a repository of government funds

The financial institution may not serve as agent of the United States Government or serve as repository for United States Government funds.

The imposition of either sanction under clause (i) or (ii) shall be treated as one sanction for purposes of this subsection, and the imposition of both such sanctions shall be treated as 2 sanctions for purposes of this subsection.
(G)

Procurement sanction

The United States Government may not procure, or enter into any contract for the procurement of, any goods or services from the entity.

(H)

Foreign exchange

The President may, pursuant to such regulations as the President may prescribe, prohibit any transactions in foreign exchange that are subject to the jurisdiction of the United States and in which the entity has any interest.

(I)

Banking transactions

The President may, pursuant to such regulations as the President may prescribe, prohibit any transfers of credit or payments between financial institutions or by, through, or to any financial institution, to the extent that such transfers or payments are subject to the jurisdiction of the United States and involve any interest of the entity.

(J)

Ban on investment in equity or debt of sanctioned person

The President may, pursuant to such regulations or guidelines as the President may prescribe, prohibit any United States person from investing in or purchasing significant amounts of equity or debt instruments of the entity.

(K)

Exclusion of corporate officers

The President may direct the Secretary of State to deny a visa to, and the Secretary of Homeland Security to exclude from the United States, any alien that the President determines is a corporate officer or principal of, or a shareholder with a controlling interest in, the entity.

(L)

Sanctions on principal executive officers

The President may impose on the principal executive officer or officers of the entity, or on individuals performing similar functions and with similar authorities as such officer or officers, any of the sanctions under this paragraph.

(2)

Sanctions applicable to individuals

In the case of an alien identified under subparagraph (A) of subsection (a)(1) in the most recent report submitted under that subsection, the following shall apply:

(A)

Blocking of property

The President shall, pursuant to the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), block and prohibit all transactions in all property and interests in property of the alien if such property and interests in property are in the United States, come within the United States, or are or come within the possession or control of a United States person.

(B)

Ineligibility for visas, admission, or parole

(i)

Visas, admission, or parole

An alien described in subparagraph (A) of subsection (a)(1) is—

(I)

inadmissible to the United States;

(II)

ineligible to receive a visa or other documentation to enter the United States; and

(III)

otherwise ineligible to be admitted or paroled into the United States or to receive any other benefit under the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101 et seq.).

(ii)

Current visas revoked

(I)

In general

An alien described in subparagraph (A) of subsection (a)(1) is subject to revocation of any visa or other entry documentation regardless of when the visa or other entry documentation is or was issued.

(II)

Immediate effect

A revocation under subclause (I) shall—

(aa)

take effect pursuant to section 221(i) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1201(i)); and

(bb)

cancel any other valid visa or entry documentation that is in the alien’s possession.

(c)

National interest waiver

The President may waive the imposition of sanctions under subsection (b) with respect to a person if the President—

(1)

determines that such a waiver is in the national interests of the United States; and

(2)

not more than 15 days after issuing the waiver, submits to the appropriate congressional committees a notification of the waiver and the reasons for the waiver.

(d)

Termination of sanctions

Sanctions imposed under subsection (b) with respect to a foreign person identified in a report submitted under subsection (a) shall terminate if the President certifies to the appropriate congressional committees, before the termination takes effect, that the person is no longer engaged in the activity identified in the report.

(e)

Implementation; penalties

(1)

Implementation

The President may exercise all authorities provided under sections 203 and 205 of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1702 and 1704) to carry out this section.

(2)

Penalties

A person that violates, attempts to violate, conspires to violate, or causes a violation of this part or any regulation, license, or order issued to carry out this section shall be subject to the penalties set forth in subsections (b) and (c) of section 206 of the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1705) to the same extent as a person that commits an unlawful act described in subsection (a) of that section.

(f)

Exceptions

(1)

Intelligence activities

This section shall not apply with respect to activities subject to the reporting requirements under title V of the National Security Act of 1947 (50 U.S.C. 3091 et seq.) or any authorized intelligence activities of the United States.

(2)

Law enforcement activities

Sanctions under this section shall not apply with respect to any authorized law enforcement activities of the United States.

(3)

Exception to comply with international agreements

Sanctions under this section shall not apply with respect to the admission of an alien to the United States if such admission is necessary to comply with the obligations of the United States under the Agreement regarding the Headquarters of the United Nations, signed at Lake Success June 26, 1947, and entered into force November 21, 1947, between the United Nations and the United States, or the Convention on Consular Relations, done at Vienna April 24, 1963, and entered into force March 19, 1967, or other international obligations.

(4)

Exception relating to importation of goods

(A)

In general

The authority or a requirement to impose sanctions under this section shall not include the authority or a requirement to impose sanctions on the importation of goods.

(B)

Good defined

In this paragraph, the term good means any article, natural or manmade substance, material, supply, or manufactured product, including inspection and test equipment, and excluding technical data.

(g)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Admission; admitted; alien; lawfully admitted for permanent residence

The terms admission, admitted, alien, and lawfully admitted for permanent residence have the meanings given those terms in section 101 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101).

(2)

Appropriate congressional committees

The term appropriate congressional committees means—

(A)

the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs and the Committee on Foreign Relations of the Senate; and

(B)

the Committee on Financial Services and the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives.

(3)

Export administration regulations

The term Export Administration Regulations means subchapter C of chapter VII of title 15, Code of Federal Regulations.

(4)

Foreign entity

The term foreign entity means an entity that is not a United States person.

(5)

Foreign person

The term foreign person means any person that is not a United States person.

(6)

Knowingly

The term knowingly, with respect to conduct, a circumstance, or a result, means that a person has actual knowledge, or should have known, of the conduct, the circumstance, or the result.

(7)

Person

The term person means an individual or entity.

(8)

Trade secret

The term trade secret has the meaning given that term in section 1839 of title 18, United States Code.

(9)

United states person

The term United States person means—

(A)

a United States citizen or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence to the United States;

(B)

an entity organized under the laws of the United States or of any jurisdiction within the United States, including a foreign branch of such an entity; or

(C)

any person in the United States.