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News article2 May 2022

United States Trade Representative (USTR) Once Again Places India on IP "Priority Watch List"

India IP SME HD Watch List

In its annual Special 301 Report, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has again placed India on the "Priority Watch List", next to China, Russia and four additional countries. According to USTR, the countries placed on this list present the most significant concerns this year regarding insufficient IP protection or enforcement or actions that otherwise limited market access for persons relying on intellectual property protection.  These countries will be the subject of particularly intense bilateral engagement during the coming year.

The Special 301 Report looks into the adequacy and effectiveness of U.S. trading partners’ protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights. “Intellectual property-intensive industries support more than 60 million jobs – from the independent inventor just starting out to the documentary filmmaker studying critical social issues. We need robust protection and enforcement in foreign countries to protect these individuals, their livelihoods, and ensure they can fairly compete in the global marketplaces”,  Ambassador Katherine Tai said.  “Following extensive input from a broad range of stakeholders, the 2022 Special 301 Report identifies trading partners that are falling short.  The Biden-Harris Administration will continue to engage with these trading partners to level the playing field for our workers and businesses.”



Publication date
2 May 2022