Forced Transfer Agreement

Prior to the submission of the request for consultation, the EU has repeatedly expressed its own concerns on the issue of forced technology transfer, including in a 2018 Commission Staff Working Document on the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights. At the time, the EU said that “stakeholders report that many Chinese procurement procedures require technology transfers or the disclosure of know-how from foreign companies,” although these concerns are not limited to China. Regardless of this, the heads of state and government of the EU and China discussed the issue of forced technology transfers at their summit in early April in Brussels, Belgium. .