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U.S. annual “special 301 report” on protecting intellectual property rights

Adequacy and effectiveness of the U.S. trading partner countries’ protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights

Adequacy and effectiveness of countries’ protection and enforcement of IP rights

The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) today released its annual “special 301 report” on the adequacy and effectiveness of the U.S. trading partner countries’ protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights.

The “special 301 report” details the USTR’s findings of more than 100 trading partner countries after significant research and enhanced engagement with stakeholders.

Read the USTR release

The report highlights progress made by U.S. trading partners to resolve and address intellectual property rights issues of concern to the United States, revealing that:

  • The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is removed from the “watch list” due to the Ministry of Health and Prevention resolving concerns with IP protection of pharmaceutical products.  The UAE also made progress on longstanding IP enforcement concerns. 
  • Algeria is moved from the “priority watch list” to the “watch list” due to steps the government has taken to engage and cooperate with stakeholders, improve enforcement efforts, and reduce IP-related market access barriers.
  • Brazil’s law enforcement launched “Operation 404.2,” which seized the domain names of multiple commercial websites engaged in the illegal reproduction and distribution of copyrighted works.
  • A Taiwan semiconductor company and three former employees were found guilty of stealing trade secrets from a U.S. company that enabled the development of semiconductor chips by a Chinese state-owned enterprise. The case involved substantial cooperation with U.S. investigators and prosecutors.


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