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S. 39 (117th): Protecting American Innovation and Development Act of 2021


The text of the bill below is as of Jan 25, 2021 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 39

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

January 25, 2021

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Finance

A BILL

To ensure the continued strength and leadership of the United States in the research and development of key technologies for future wireless telecommunications standards and infrastructure by providing additional authority for sanctions against certain foreign entities that pose a threat to national security, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Protecting American Innovation and Development Act of 2021.

2.

Addressing threats to national security with respect to wireless communications research and development

Chapter 4 of title II of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 (19 U.S.C. 1862 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

234.

Statement of policy

It is the policy of the United States—

(1)

to ensure the continued strength and leadership of the United States with respect to the research and development of key technologies for future wireless telecommunications standards and infrastructure;

(2)

that the national security of the United States requires the United States to maintain its leadership in the research and development of key technologies for future wireless telecommunications standards and infrastructure; and

(3)

that the national security and foreign policy of the United States requires that the importation of items that use, without a license, a claimed invention protected by a patent that is essential for the implementation of a wireless communications standard and is held by a United States person, be controlled to ensure the achievement of the policies described in paragraphs (1) and (2).

235.

List of foreign entities that threaten national security with respect to wireless communications research and development

(a)

In general

The Secretary of Commerce (in this section referred to as the Secretary) shall establish and maintain a list of each foreign entity that the Secretary determines—

(1)
(A)

uses, without a license, a claimed invention protected by a patent that is essential for the implementation of a wireless communications standard and is held by a covered person; and

(B)

is a person of concern or has as its ultimate parent a person of concern; or

(2)

is a successor to an entity described in paragraph (1).

(b)

Watch list

(1)

In general

The Secretary shall establish and maintain a watch list of each foreign entity—

(A)
(i)

that is a person of concern or has as its ultimate parent a person of concern; and

(ii)

with respect to which a covered person has made the demonstration described in paragraph (2) in a petition submitted to the Secretary for the inclusion of the entity on the list; or

(B)

that is a successor to an entity described in subparagraph (A).

(2)

Demonstration described

(A)

In general

A covered person has made a demonstration described in this paragraph if the person has reasonably demonstrated to the Secretary that—

(i)

the person owns at least one unexpired patent that is essential for the implementation of a wireless communications standard;

(ii)

a foreign entity that is a person of concern, or has as its ultimate parent a person of concern, has been, for a period of more than 180 days, selling wireless communications devices in or into the United States, directly or indirectly, that are claimed, labeled, marketed, or advertised as complying with that standard;

(iii)

the covered person has offered to the foreign entity or any of its affiliates—

(I)

a license to the person's portfolio of patents that are essential to that standard; or

(II)

to enter into binding arbitration to resolve the terms of such a license; and

(iv)

the foreign entity has not executed a license agreement or an agreement to enter into such arbitration, as the case may be, by the date that is 180 days after the covered person made such an offer.

(B)

Demonstration of essentiality

A covered person may demonstrate under subparagraph (A)(i) that the person owns at least one unexpired patent that is essential for the implementation of a wireless communications standard by providing to the Secretary any of the following:

(i)

A decision by a court or arbitral tribunal that a patent owned by the person is essential for the implementation of that standard.

(ii)

A determination by an independent patent evaluator not hired by the person that a patent owned by the person is essential for the implementation of that standard.

(iii)

A showing that wireless communications device manufacturers together accounting for a significant portion of the United States or world market for such devices have entered into agreements for licenses to the person's portfolio of patents that are essential for the implementation of that standard.

(iv)

A showing that the person has previously granted licenses to the foreign entity described in subparagraph (A)(ii) or any of its affiliates with respect to a reasonably similar portfolio of the person's patents that are essential for the implementation of that standard.

(C)

Accounting of wireless communications device market

A showing described in subparagraph (B)(iii) may be made either by including or excluding wireless communications device manufacturers that are persons of concern.

(3)

Procedures

(A)

Adding a foreign entity to the watch list

(i)

In general

The Secretary may add a foreign entity to the watch list under paragraph (1) only after notice and opportunity for an agency hearing on the record in accordance with (except as provided in clause (ii)) sections 554 through 557 of title 5, United States Code.

(ii)

Matters considered at hearing

An agency hearing conducted under clause (i)—

(I)

shall be limited to consideration of—

(aa)

whether the demonstration described in paragraph (2) has been reasonably made; and

(bb)

the amount of bond to be required in accordance with section 236; and

(II)

may not include the presentation or consideration of legal or equitable defenses or counterclaims.

(B)

Administrative procedure

Except as provided in subparagraph (A), the functions exercised under this section and section 236 shall not be subject to sections 551, 553 through 559, or 701 through 706 of title 5, United States Code.

(c)

Movement between lists

A foreign entity on the watch list required by subsection (b)(1) may be moved to the list required by subsection (a), pursuant to procedures established by the Secretary, on or after the date that is one year after being included on the watch list if the foreign entity is not able to reasonably demonstrate that it has entered into a patent license agreement or a binding arbitration agreement with each covered person that has made the demonstration described in subsection (b)(2) with respect to the entity.

(d)

Removal from lists

A foreign entity on the list required by subsection (a) or on the watch list required by subsection (b)(1) may petition the Secretary to be removed from that list on the basis that the conditions that led to the inclusion of the foreign entity on the list no longer exist. The burden of proof shall be on the foreign entity.

(e)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Affiliate

The term affiliate, with respect to an entity, means any entity that owns or controls, is owned or controlled by, or is under common ownership or control with, the entity.

(2)

Country of concern

The term country of concern means a country with respect to which the Secretary determines that—

(A)

persons in the country persistently use, without obtaining a license, patents—

(i)

essential to the implementation of wireless communications standards; and

(ii)

held by a covered person; and

(B)

that use of patents poses a threat to—

(i)

the ability of the United States to maintain a wireless communications research and development infrastructure; and

(ii)

the national security of the United States, pursuant to the policy set forth in section 234.

(3)

Covered person

The term covered person means—

(A)

a covered United States person; or

(B)

an affiliate of a covered United States person—

(i)

headquartered in, or organized under the laws of, a country that is a member of the European Union or the North Atlantic Treaty Organization; and

(ii)

engaged in wireless communications research and development.

(4)

Covered United States person

The term covered United States person means a United States person engaged in wireless communications research and development in the United States.

(5)

Person of concern

The term person of concern means a person that is—

(A)

an individual who is a citizen or national (as defined in section 101(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1101(a))) of a country of concern; or

(B)

an entity that is headquartered in, or organized under the laws of, a country of concern.

(6)

United states person

The term United States person means—

(A)

an individual who is 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 any jurisdiction within the United States, including a foreign branch of such an entity; or

(C)

any person in the United States.

(7)

Wireless communications standard

The term wireless communications standard means—

(A)

a cellular wireless telecommunications standard, including such a standard promulgated by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (commonly known as 3GPP) or the 3rd Generation Partnership Project 2 (commonly known as 3GPP2); or

(B)

a wireless local area network standard, including such a standard designated as IEEE 802.11 as developed by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (commonly known as the IEEE).

236.

Import sanctions with respect to certain foreign entities that threaten national security

(a)

In general

Any foreign entity on the list required by section 235(a) may be subject to such controls on the importing of goods or technology into the United States as the President may prescribe.

(b)

Entry under bond

(1)

In general

Unless otherwise prescribed by the President, a product described in paragraph (2) may not enter the United States except under bond prescribed by the Secretary of Commerce in an amount determined by the Secretary to be sufficient to protect from injury a covered United States person that made the demonstration described in section 235(b)(2) with respect to the entity that has been selling the product directly or indirectly in or into the United States.

(2)

Products described

A product described in this paragraph is a wireless communications device—

(A)

produced or sold by—

(i)

a foreign entity on the watch list required by section 235(b);

(ii)

a successor of such an entity; or

(iii)

an affiliate of an entity described in clause (i) or (ii); and

(B)

that is claimed, labeled, marketed, or advertised as complying with a wireless communications standard that was the basis for the inclusion of the foreign entity on the watch list.

(c)

Forfeiture of bond

(1)

In general

If a foreign entity on the watch list required by section 235(b) is moved to the list required by section 235(a) and becomes subject to controls under subsection (a), a bond paid under subsection (b) shall be forfeited to a covered United States person that made the demonstration described in section 235(b)(2) with respect to the entity.

(2)

Terms and conditions

The Secretary of Commerce shall prescribe the procedures and any terms or conditions under which bonds will be forfeited under paragraph (1).

(d)

Definitions

In this section, the terms affiliate and covered United States person have the meanings given those terms in section 235(d).

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3.

Controls on imports of goods or technology against persons that raise national security concerns

Section 233 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 (19 U.S.C. 1864) is amended to read as follows:

233.

Import sanctions for export violations

(a)

In general

A person described in subsection (b) may be subject to such controls on the importing of goods or technology into the United States as the President may prescribe.

(b)

Persons described

A person described in this subsection is a person that—

(1)

violates any national security export control imposed under section 1755 of the Export Control Reform Act of 2018 (50 U.S.C. 4814) or any regulation, order, or license issued under that section; or

(2)

raises a national security concern under—

(A)

section 235 or any regulation, order, or license issued under that section; or

(B)

the Export Control Reform Act of 2018 (50 U.S.C. 4801 et seq.) or any regulation, order, or license issued under that Act.

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