WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States on Friday named
In an annual report on intellectual property rights protection, the ’s office voiced continuing concern about China and Russia’s respect of US patents and copyrights.
The Special 301 Report, named after the section of US law on which it is based, spotlights “one of the central challenges facing the global economy,” USTRsaid.
The report said US authorities still see “serious” concerns with respect to China and Russia, in spite of some evidence of improvement in both countries.
“Pirates and counterfeiters don’t just steal ideas; they steal jobs, and too often they threaten our health and safety,” Schwab said.
Schwab’s office announced it would once again retain China on its priority watch list and continue monitoring China under Section 306 of the 1974 Trade Act in a bid to maintain pressure on China to improve its intellectual property rights (IPR) situation.
“While the United States continues to seek cooperative channels to work with China to strengthen that country’s IPR regime, high levels of copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting remain serious concerns,” the USTR said.
Meanwhile, the federal government is also using the’s dispute settlement process “to address a number of specific deficiencies in China’s IPR regime,” the statement said.
The USTR said the Bush administration continues to work for improvements to Russia’s IPR regime, and some progress has been made, for example in the raiding of unlicensed factories.
It noted, however, that large-scale production and distribution of IP-infringing optical media and Internet piracy in Russia “remain significant problems that require more enforcement action.”
The Special 301 Report covers 46 countries.