Office of the United States Trade Representative.
Notice is hereby given that the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has submitted its annual report on the identification of those foreign countries that deny adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights or deny fair and equitable market access to United States persons that rely upon intellectual property protection, and those foreign countries determined to be priority foreign countries, to the Committee on Finance of the United States Senate and the Committee on Ways and Means of the United States House of Representatives, pursuant to section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974, as amended (the Trade Act) (19 U.S.C. 2242).
This report was submitted on April 30, 2002.
Office of the United States Trade Representative, 600 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20508.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Kira Alvarez, Director for Intellectual Property, (202) 395-6864, or Stephen Kho, Assistant General Counsel, (202) 395-3581, or Victoria Espinel, Assistant General Counsel, (202) 395-7305.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Section 182 of the Trade Act requires USTR to identify within 30 days of the publication of the National Trade Estimates Report all trading partners that deny adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights or deny fair and equitable market access to United States persons that rely upon intellectual property protection. Those countries that have the most onerous or egregious acts, policies, or practices that have the greatest adverse impact (actual or potential) on the relevant United States products must be identified as “priority foreign countries,” unless they are entering into good faith negotiations or are making significant progress in bilateral or multilateral negotiations to provide adequate and effective protection for intellectual property rights. In identifying countries in this manner, the USTR is directed to take into account the history of intellectual property laws and practices of the foreign country, including any previous identifications as a priority foreign country, and the history of efforts of the United States, and the response of the foreign country, to achieve and effective protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights. In making these determinations, the USTR must consult with the Register of Copyrights, the Commissioner of Patents and Trademarks, other appropriate officials of the Federal Government and take into account information from other sources such as information submitted by interested persons.
On April 30, 2002, USTR identified 51 trading partners that deny adequate and effective protection of intellectual property or deny fair and equitable market access to United States artists and industries that rely upon Start Printed Page 30413intellectual property protection. USTR maintained Ukraine's designation as a Priority Foreign Country, and again designated Paraguay and China for “Section 306 monitoring” to ensure both countries comply with the commitmetns made to the United States under bilateral intellectual property agreements.
USTR also announced placement of 15 trading partners on the “Priority Watch List”: Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Dominican Republic, European Union, Egypt, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Israel, Lebanon, Philippines, Russia, Taiwan, and Uruguay. In addition, USTR placed 33 trading partners on the “Watch List.” Moreover, out-of-cycle reviews will be conducted of Indonesia, Israel, the Philippines, the Bahamas, Costa Rica, Poland, and Thailand. While Mexico is not listed, USTR will also conduct an out-of-cycle review of it later in the year.Start Signature
Kira M. Alvarez,
Director for Intellectual Property.
[FR Doc. 02-11151 Filed 5-3-02; 8:45 am]
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