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USTR “special 301 report” on intellectual property (IP) rights

USTR special 301 report on intellectual property rights

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today released the 2018 “special 301 report” identifying trading partners that do not adequately or effectively protect and enforce intellectual property (IP) rights or that otherwise deny market access to U.S. businesses that rely on protection of their IP rights.


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The special 301 report [PDF 605 KB] calls on U.S. trading partners to address IP-related challenges, with a special focus on the countries identified on the “watch list” and the “priority watch list.”

According to a related USTR release, the report focuses on IP-related trade barriers and the steps foreign countries can take to open their markets to IP-intensive goods. The 2018 special 301 report notes that 36 countries are identified on the priority watch list or the watch list, and of these, 12 countries on the priority watch list will be the subject of intense bilateral engagement during the coming year.

  • China and India remain on the priority watch list.
  • Canada has been moved from the watch list to the priority watch list (in part because of “poor border control” and a lack of customs authority to inspect or detain suspected counterfeit or pirated goods shipped through Canada).
  • Colombia has been moved to the priority watch list.
  • Saudi Arabia and the UAE are on the watch list.


For more information, contact a professional with KPMG’s Trade & Customs practice:

Douglas Zuvich | +1 (312) 665-1022 |

Andrew Siciliano | +1 (631) 425-6057 |

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