US election shifts debate on intellectual property

With the United States’ presidential election fast approaching, intellectual property is becoming a major campaign focus for both incumbent Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney. The past 12 months have seen intellectual property protection become a mainstream political issue after the outcry over online piracy legislation. However, while the latter demonstrated resistance to stronger IP laws, the current focus takes a different stance, with intellectual property theft by Chinese companies in the political crosshairs.

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