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USTR Seeks Comment on IPR Enforcement in China

New York, Jan 31, 2007

To assist in a special review of intellectual property rights (IPR) enforcement in the People’s Republic of China, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is seeking public comment on the adequacy and effectiveness of IPR protection in China at the provincial level. The input received will be used to inform the agency’s annual Special 301 Report examining the status of IP protection in approximately ninety countries.

As the agency responsible for U.S. international trade policy at bilateral and multilateral levels, USTR aims to ensure the protection of intellectual property and fair and equitable market access for U.S. products worldwide. USTR’s 2006 Special 301 Report placed China at the top of the agency’s priority watch list, finding IPR enforcement to be inconsistent across Chinese provinces.

The goal of this special review is to spotlight strengths, weaknesses, and inconsistencies in and among specific jurisdictions. In particular, USTR encourages input on local enforcement of IPR, trademark and copyright issues in Beijing City, Shanghai City, and the provinces of Fujian, Guangdong, Jiangsu and Zhejiang. Relevant issues pertaining to other regions of China are also invited.

Comments may be submitted electronically to All submissions should be addressed to Sybia Harrison, special assistant to the Section 301 Committee, by February 26, 2007.

For additional information or details on submitting comments, please review the January 24 Federal Register notice.

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