Shaomeng Hou

Shaomeng Hou is a junior at Indiana University with a major focusing on Public and Professional Writing and a minor of Political Science. She serves as a staff member at Indiana University Journal of Undergraduate Research and Applied Sciences Student Editorial team, editing undergraduate student research articles before public submission; evaluating student authors through the process of finalizing research papers and collaborating with other scholars to facilitate a cooperative group setting. Shaomeng is also a Hutton Honors College Member and awarded Founders Scholar and has demonstrated sustained academic excellence over the course of undergraduate career.

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What it Means that Russian Businesses Can Now Legally Steal Intellectual Property from ‘Unfriendly Countries’

Russian businesses now hold the key to pilfering, producing and profiting from western technologies. As of Monday, March 7, the Russian government has legalized intellectual property (IP) theft. With this move, businesses in Russia can now violate IP rights, as they no longer need to compensate patent holders from “unfriendly countries.” The list of “unfriendly countries” includes the United States, Canada, Australia, Switzerland, Norway, Iceland, the United Kingdom, Japan, South Korea, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan and all 27 European Union (EU) member countries. Russia has faced growing isolation from the Western world following President Vladmir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. The United States, EU member countries and others recently initiated sanctions against Russia and have enacted crippling trade limitations. Currently, Russia is sufficiently meeting its supply and demand needs for agriculture, energy and natural resources. However, Russia’s isolation and growing lack of skilled producers have led to a stark decrease in technological production and innovation.