USTR special 301 report on intellectual property rights | KPMG | US

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.

1000

Related content

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 | dzuvich@kpmg.com

Andrew Siciliano | +1 (631) 425-6057 | asiciliano@kpmg.com

© 2018 KPMG LLP, a Delaware limited liability partnership and the U.S. member firm of the KPMG network of independent member firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (“KPMG International”), a Swiss entity. All rights reserved.

The KPMG logo and name are trademarks of KPMG International. KPMG International is a Swiss cooperative that serves as a coordinating entity for a network of independent member firms. KPMG International provides no audit or other client services. Such services are provided solely by member firms in their respective geographic areas. KPMG International and its member firms are legally distinct and separate entities. They are not and nothing contained herein shall be construed to place these entities in the relationship of parents, subsidiaries, agents, partners, or joint venturers. No member firm has any authority (actual, apparent, implied or otherwise) to obligate or bind KPMG International or any member firm in any manner whatsoever. The information contained in herein is of a general nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Although we endeavor to provide accurate and timely information, there can be no guarantee that such information is accurate as of the date it is received or that it will continue to be accurate in the future. No one should act on such information without appropriate professional advice after a thorough examination of the particular situation. For more information, contact KPMG's Federal Tax Legislative and Regulatory Services Group at: + 1 202 533 4366, 1801 K Street NW, Washington, DC 20006.

Connect with us

 

Request for proposal

 

Submit