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2014 Special 301 Countries

Date: 05/13/2014 Description: 2014 Special 301 Countries - State Dept Image


Priority Watch List: Algeria; Argentina; Chile; China; India; Indonesia; Pakistan; Russia; Thailand; and Venezuela.


Watch List: Barbados; Belarus; Bolivia; Brazil; Bulgaria; Canada; Colombia; Costa Rica; Dominican Republic; Ecuador; Egypt; Finland; Greece; Guatemala; Jamaica; Kuwait; Lebanon; Mexico; Paraguay; Peru; Romania; Tajikistan; Trinidad and Tobago; Turkey; Turkmenistan; Uzbekistan; and Vietnam.


Not Listed with an Out-of-Cycle Review: Spain

*Ukraine was designated a Priority Foreign Country in the 2013 Special Report. On May 30, 2013, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) initiated a Section 301 investigation of the acts, policies, and practices identified in the Special 301 Report. On February 28, 2014, the USTR determined that these acts, policies, and practices are unreasonable and burden or restrict U.S. commerce, but, due to the current political situation in Ukraine, no action would be taken at that time.

The Special 301 Report is an annual review of the global state of intellectual property rights protection and enforcement, which the Office of the United States Trade Representative conducts pursuant to Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended by the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 and the Uruguay Round Agreements Act (enacted in 1994).

The Special 301 Report reflects the Administration’s continued resolve to encourage and maintain adequate and effective IPR protection and enforcement worldwide. It identifies a wide range of concerns, including the continued deterioration in IPR protection, enforcement, and market access for persons relying on IPR. The Report also raises the concern over issues such as misappropriation of trade secrets, “indigenous innovation” policies that may unfairly disadvantage U.S. rights holders, copyright piracy over the Internet, and other ongoing, systemic IPR enforcement issues presented in many trading partners around the world.

The Special 301 designations and actions announced in the Special 301 Report are the result of deliberations among all relevant agencies within the U.S. Government, informed by extensive consultation with affected stakeholders, foreign governments, the U.S. Congress, and other interested parties.

-05/08/14   Map: Special 301 Countries


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