Foreign competitors are turning to theft and espionage -- as well as legal maneuvers such as licensing agreements and mergers -- to profit from U.S.-developed technology, according to lawmakers, who are discussing ways to keep taxpayer-funded research and development from benefiting other countries. Members of a House subcommittee heard from industry representatives, including Robert Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, who called for a limited antitrust exemption that would allow U.S. firms to legally collude to fend off coercion from foreign companies.

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