USTR - Annual report on intellectual property rights 

May 1: The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative today released its annual report concerning intellectual property rights.

The annual “Special 301” report [PDF 572 KB] includes information concerning the adequacy and effectiveness of U.S. trading partners’ protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights (IPR) and market access for persons that rely on IPR protection.

A release from the USTR notes the following items in this year’s report.

  • Ukraine is designated a “priority foreign country” under the Special 301 statute due to severe deterioration of enforcement in the areas of government use of pirated software and piracy over the internet, as well as denial of fair and equitable market access through the authorization and operation of copyright collecting societies.
  • The report expresses “grave concerns” about misappropriation of trade secrets in China and incremental progress on a few of China’s many other significant IPR and market access challenges.
  • Barbados, Bulgaria, Paraguay, and Trinidad and Tobago are added to the “Watch List” due to specific problems identified in the report.
  • While El Salvador and Spain are not listed in the report, the USTR will conduct out-of-cycle reviews to assess progress on IPR challenges identified in this year’s reviews of those countries.
  • Canada moves from the “Special 301 Priority Watch List” to the “Watch List” in recognition of significant progress on copyright issues.
  • Brunei Darussalam and Norway move off of the “Special 301 Watch List.”

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