36 countries identified as having inadequate IP protection by USTR

An eye - USTR Watch List

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has released its 2018 Special 301 Report (an annual review of the global state of IP protection and enforcement).

The list identifies trading partners that “do not adequately or effectively protect and enforce intellectual property (IP) rights or otherwise deny market access to U.S. innovators and creators that rely on protection of their IP rights.”

The USTR have identified 36 countries as having inadequate or ineffective IP protection or enforcement. China & India remain on the Priority Watch List, along with Algeria, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Indonesia, Kuwait, Russia, Ukraine, and Venezuela. The USTR have also downgraded Canada to the Priority Watch List stating that it has failed to make progress on overcoming important IP enforcement challenges.

Speaking of the latest list, USTR’s Robert Lighthizer said, “This report sends a clear signal to our trading partners that the protection of Americans’ IP rights is a top priority of the Trump Administration.”

A summary and link to the full report can be found on the USTR website.