USTR - Annual report on intellectual property rights (IPR) 

April 30:  The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today released its annual “Special 301” report on the adequacy and effectiveness of U.S. trading partners’ protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR).

According to the USTR release, this year’s IPR report reflects:


  • Growing concerns with respect to the environment for IPR protection and enforcement in India and other markets
  • Ongoing, serious concerns about the protection and enforcement of trade secrets with respect to China, and emerging concerns in other markets
  • Removal of Italy and the Philippines from the “watch list” in recognition of their IPR-related accomplishments

USTR reviewed 82 trading partners for this year’s “Special 301” report [PDF 755 KB]


  • 27 are placed on the “watch list”
  • 10 are placed on the “priority watch list” (trading partners on the priority watch list present the most significant concerns regarding insufficient IPR protection or enforcement, or otherwise limited market access for persons relying on intellectual property protection)


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