Sunday, 22 July 2018

US keeps China, Canada, India on IP priority watch list

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WASHINGTON: China has made the US Trade Representative’s Priority Watch List for the 14th year in a row for alleged intellectual property failings.

Alongside China, the 2018 Special 301 Report on intellectual property rights listed 35 other countries deemed to have “inadequate or ineffective” IP protection or enforcement or which deny market access to people relying on IP protection.

Of the 36 countries, 12 were identified on the Priority Watch List, with 24 named on the Watch List.

Those on the Priority Watch List included: Algeria, Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Russia, Ukraine and Venezuela.

“The report reflects the resolve of this Administration to call out foreign countries and expose the laws, policies, and practices that fail to provide adequate and effective IP protection and enforcement for US inventors, creators, brands, manufacturers, and service providers,” the report said. “The identification of the countries and IP-related market access barriers in this report and of steps necessary to address those barriers are a critical component of the Administration’s aggressive efforts to defend Americans from harmful IP-related trade barriers.”

China continues to be listed on the Priority Watch List, reflecting the “urgent need to remediate a range of IP-related concerns, including as to trade secret theft, online piracy and counterfeiting, the high-volume manufacture and export of counterfeit goods, technology transfer requirements imposed as a condition to access the Chinese market, the mandatory application of adverse terms to foreign IP licensors, and IP-ownership and research and development localisation requirements”, the report said.

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