April 30, 2014

U.S. Chamber Comments on USTR Special 301 Report


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U.S. Chamber Comments on USTR Special 301 Report

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Global Intellectual Property Center (GIPC) Executive Vice President Mark Elliot issued the following statement regarding the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) 2014 Special 301 Report, which identifies markets that fail to provide adequate and effective intellectual property (IP) rights protection.

“The Chamber commends USTR for conducting the Special 301 Report, which has proved to be a useful tool that outlines the wide array of challenges faced by innovative and creative industries globally.

“We are encouraged that USTR recognizes the growing concerns with India’s deteriorating IP environment, and support the decision to initiate an ‘out-of-cycle’ review of India. We hope that this step will generate much needed dialogue for the U.S. and Indian governments to address the concerns identified in the Report. We look forward to working with the next Government of India to promote a robust IP climate.

“In addition, we are also encouraged that the Special 301 Report highlights other country-specific challenges, including Canada’s onerous test for patent utility and the substantial size and scope of IP infringement in China. The Report has designated countries appropriately to reflect those apprehensions.

“By identifying problem markets and seeking concrete solutions to IP theft and market barriers USTR’s Report signals the Administration’s commitment to protect and promote IP. We urge USTR to continue to work with these countries to create comprehensive action plans that foster robust IP environments for investment, innovation, and international trade.”

The U.S. Chamber’s Special 301 Submission to USTR provided an overall assessment of both global systematic trends and major challenges in nine markets: Brazil, Canada, China, European Union, India, Mexico, Russia, Ukraine, and South Africa, as outlined in GIPC’s International IP Index, Charting the Course.

The Chamber’s Global Intellectual Property Center is working around the world to champion intellectual property (IP) rights as vital to creating jobs, saving lives, advancing global economic growth, and generating breakthrough solutions to global challenges.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.

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