US cites PH gains in IPR protection

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[/caption] The report said the US was encouraged by the significant decline in the incidence of unauthorized camcording of movies in theaters that followed the enactment of the Anti-Camcording Act of 2010. ?Philippine officials also improved enforcement efforts, leading to the closure of at least two significant notorious markets,? the report noted. In addition, the report cited the promulgation of the Supreme Court of the long-awaited IPR procedural rules in 2011. ?The United States is hopeful that effective implementation of these rules will help streamline the judicial process for IPR cases,? the report said. The USTR said the Philippines should strengthen the criminal enforcement of IPR by improving the quality of criminal investigations and prosecutions. ?The Philippines should also clarify its procedures for obtaining provisional measures, including by improving predictability with respect to search and seizure orders,? it added. The UST also urged the Philippines to ?enact pending legislation to amend copyright law and ensure that it fully implements the WIPO Internet Treaties.? ?This year?s Special 301 Report is more significant than ever in light of recent US Government data showing that IP intensive industries support as many as 40 million American jobs and up to 60 percent of US exports. When trading partners don?t protect IPR, they threaten those critical jobs and exports,? said United States Trade Representative Ron Kirk. The Special 301 Report provides a means for the US to promote the protection and enforcement of IPR. In the report, USTR announced that Malaysia has been removed from the ?watch list? after making significant strides, including passing copyright amendments that strengthen copyright protection, stepped-up IPR enforcement, and promulgating regulations to protect pharmaceutical test data. In addition, Spain has been removed from the ?watch list? because of its adoption of regulations implementing a law to combat piracy over the Internet. Ukraine is being moved to the priority watch list from the watch list in light of serious and growing concerns relating to counterfeiting and rampant piracy, including piracy over the Internet. USTR reviewed 77 trading partners for this year?s Special 301 Report, and placed 40 countries on the Priority Watch List, Watch List, or the Section 306 monitoring list. Trading partners on the ?priority watch list? present the most significant concerns regarding insufficient IPR protection or enforcement, or otherwise limited market access for persons relying on IPR protection. Thirteen countries ? Algeria, Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, Pakistan, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine, and Venezuela ? are on the list. These countries will be the subject of particularly intense bilateral engagement during the coming year. Twenty-seven trading partners are on the ?watch list?, also meriting bilateral attention to address underlying IPR problems: Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Brunei, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, Greece, Guatemala, Italy, Jamaica, Kuwait, Lebanon, Mexico, Norway, Peru, the Philippines, Romania, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. ]]>

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