Sen. Marco Rubio wants to make sure that the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei Technologies can’t pursue intellectual property claims against U.S. companies if the administration finds the company poses an “undue risk” to telecommunication systems.
The Florida Republican filed the amendment to a defense authorization bill. It anticipates a finding from the Commerce Department that Huawei poses the risk and comes amid reports that the Chinese company is considering taking U.S. companies to court over patent disputes.
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“Huawei is using the tactics of patent trolls to attack U.S. companies in retaliation for Trump administration national security actions against them,” Rubio said in a Tuesday tweet. “We should not allow China government backed companies to improperly use our legal system against us.” His staff confirmed that Rubio put forth the amendment with Huawei in mind.
Is it possible legally for the U.S. to block Huawei from filling U.S. patents? I am thinking this is highly illegal and there would be legal complications that would prevent the government from doing anything like that, but is this the case?