The United States on Wednesday placed India, China, Russia and four other countries on its annual ‘Priority Watch List’ for intellectual property protection and enforcement.
Other countries that have been included in the list released by the U.S. Trade Representative Office are Argentina, Chile, Indonesia and Venezuela.
All seven countries on this year’s list were also last year.
In a “301 Special Report” on the adequacy and effectiveness of the protection and enforcement of the intellectual property rights of U.S. trading partners, U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said these countries will be the subject of very intense bilateral engagement in the coming year.
Twenty trading partners are on the Watch List, and are gaining bilateral attention to address the underlying IP issues – Algeria, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Guatemala, Mexico, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Thailand, Trinidad & Tobago, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
The ‘Special 301’ report is an annual review of the global state of IP protection and enforcement. USTR reviewed more than a hundred trading partners for this year’s 301 Special Report.
“Ukraine’s review has been suspended due to a planned and unprovoked continued aggression by Russia on Ukraine in February 2022,” according to a press statement issued by the USTR.
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