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USTR Seeks Comment on Intellectual Property Rights in China


New York, Oct 10, 2007

The World Trade Organization has established a dispute settlement panel to review claims concerning certain measures pertaining to the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in China. The United States Trade Representative (USTR) invites written comments from the public regarding the major issues raised in the dispute, including:

  • thresholds for criminal procedures and penalties
  • disposal of confiscated goods that infringe intellectual property rights, and
  • denial of copyright protection and enforcement to works that have not been authorized for publication or distribution within China.

Interested parties are invited to provide written comments no later than Friday, November 16, 2007. The public is encouraged to submit documents via e-mail (FR0707@ustr.eop.gov); however, comments may also be faxed to Sandy McKinzy at 202.395.3640.

Click here to access the Federal Register for specific details regarding submission guidelines and requirements. For more information, contact Steven Fabry, associate general counsel, Office of the United States Trade Representative (212.395.3150).

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