2007 USTR “Special 301 Report”: US Dictates Domestic Policies on Intellectual Property to Foreig
The Bush Administration’s Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) issued its much anticipated annual report of foreign countries targeted by the US for insufficiently protecting the interests of US intellectual property owners abroad. Under “Section 301” countries face crippling trade sanctions in retaliation from the US. A total of 43 countries were placed on the USTRs Section 301 Report in 2007. According to the annual review, US monopolies on producing medicine, CDs, and DVDs continue to be the main focus of US IPR foreign policy. China and Russia received a special lashing from the Bush Administration and were placed on the more serious “Priority Watch List” – as expected.
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