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 May 3, 2004.
Office of the United States Trade Representative, 600 17th Street, NW., Washington, DC 20508.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Brian Peck, Senior Director for Intellectual Property, at (202) 395-6864, or Stan McCoy, Assistant General Counsel, or Dan Mullaney, Associate General Counsel, at (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 Estimate Report all trading partners that deny adequate and effective protection of intellectual property rights or deny fair and equitable market access to U.S. persons who rely on 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 U.S. products are to 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 adequate 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, and other appropriate officials of the Federal Government, and must take into account information from other sources such as information submitted by interested persons.
On May 3, 2004, USTR identified 52 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 intellectual 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 commitments made to the United States under bilateral intellectual property agreements.
USTR also announced placement of 15 trading partners on the Priority Watch List: Argentina, the Bahamas, Brazil, Egypt, the European Union, India, Indonesia, Korea, Kuwait, Lebanon, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, Taiwan, and Turkey. In addition, USTR placed 34 trading partners on the Watch List. USTR will conduct out-of-cycle reviews of China, Israel, Malaysia, Poland and Taiwan.Start Signature
Senior Director for Intellectual Property.
[FR Doc. 04-10958 Filed 5-13-04; 8:45 am]
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