US places India again on priority watch list on IP protection

WASHINGTON, Apr 27: India would continue to remain on the US’ Priority Watch List for longstanding challenges in its IP framework and lack of sufficient measurable progress, the USTR said, alleging that the country remains one of the world’s most challenging major economies in the area.
In its latest 2018 Special 301 Report, the US Trade Representative has placed 12 countries on its Priority Watch List.
In addition to India, other countries on the list are Algeria, Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Indonesia, Kuwait, Russia, Ukraine, and Venezuela.
The Intellectual Property (IP) issues in these countries will be the subject of intense bilateral engagement during the coming year, the USTR said in its report.
Special 301 Report identifies US trading partners that do not adequately or effectively protect and enforce IP rights or otherwise deny market access to its innovators and creators that rely on protection of their IP rights.
India “remains on the Priority Watch List this year for longstanding challenges in its IP framework and lack of sufficient measurable improvements, particularly with respect to patents, copyrights, trade secrets, and enforcement, as well as for new issues that have negatively affected US right holders over the past year,” the USTR said. India remains one of the world’s most challenging major economies with respect to protection and enforcement of intellectual property, it said.