Intellectual Property Rights:

U.S. Trade Representative Investigations of Foreign Country Practices

GGD-94-168FS: Published: Jul 7, 1994. Publicly Released: Jul 7, 1994.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed investigations conducted by the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) concerning foreign countries' protection of intellectual property rights, focusing on the: (1) countries identified by USTR as having inadequate levels of intellectual property protection; and (2) number of cases initiated by USTR in response to U.S. industry petitions regarding inadequate foreign protection of intellectual property rights.

GAO found that: (1) USTR has identified five countries that have not made satisfactory progress in intellectual property protection; (2) India and Thailand have been on the priority list each year there have been priority country designations; (3) although no countries have been designated as priority foreign countries for 1994, USTR has warned Argentina, China, and India that their statuses will be reviewed in June 1994 and that they will be listed if they have not made satisfactory progress in intellectual property protection; (4) between 1989 and 1994, USTR placed 38 countries on its two watch lists; and (5) USTR has initiated four cases in response to U.S. industry petitions since the enactment of the Trade Act of 1974.

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