USTR 2013 “Special 301Report” on Intellectual Property Rights

USTR seal2013 Special 301 Report

The full version of the “301 Special Report” (PDF, 572KB),

is available on the Office of the United States Trade Representative website.

Office of the United States Trade Representative
May 1, 2013

 

Executive Summary

The “Special 301” Report is the result of an annual review of the state of intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement in trading partners around the world, which the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) conducts pursuant to Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended by the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 and the Uruguay Round Agreements Act.

This Report reflects the Administration’s continued resolve to encourage and maintain adequate and effective IPR protection and enforcement worldwide. It identifies a wide range of concerns, including the continued deterioration in IPR protection, enforcement, and market access for persons relying on IPR in Ukraine; the growing problem of misappropriation of trade secrets in China and elsewhere; troubling “indigenous innovation” policies that may unfairly disadvantage U.S. rights holders in China; the continuing challenges of copyright piracy over the Internet in countries such as Brazil, Italy, and Russia; and other ongoing, systemic IPR enforcement issues presented in many trading partners around the world.