Friday, 14 May 2010

The US Reporting on IPRs - the Watch List

The "Special 301 Report" issued by the Representative Office of U.S. Foreign Trade (USTR), has been published. This report provides a level of effectiveness of U.S. trading partners’ protection of intellectual property rights (IPR).

For this year report, USRR considered 77 trading partners and placed 41 countries on the Priority Watch List, Watch List, or the Section 306 monitoring list.

On the Priority Watch List are those countries that do not provide an adequate level of IPR protection or enforcement, they are China, Russia, Algeria, Argentina, Canada, Chile, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Thailand, and Venezuela.

As you can see, Chile is included (for the fourth consecutive year) in the Priority Watch List which means that its efforts and improvements in the IP area have not been good enough. Note that a few weeks ago this blog reported that Chile was off the IP Red List in the EU.

Others Latin America countries that are in the report but on the lower-level Watch List are: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru.

Finally, Paraguay is on the section 306 monitoring list.

Here for the full report.

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