[Ip-health] Senate Finance Press release: ​Hatch Says Trade Report Fails to Recognize India’s Intellectual Property Violations

Jamie Love james.love at keionline.org
Tue May 5 10:08:56 PDT 2015


http://www.finance.senate.gov/newsroom/chairman/release/?id=ab1d3102-9f3c-40d0-93cf-a7c78e2e2f4a
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For Immediate Release
April 30, 2015
Contact:

Aaron Fobes, Julia Lawless (202)224-4515

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Hatch Says Trade Report Fails to Recognize India’s Intellectual Property
Violations

Utah Senator Says, "This is major step back in America’s efforts to end
such unfair trading practices.”

WASHINGTON –Today, Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) said the
Obama Administration’s failure to recognize the threat of India’s
intellectual property (IP) abuse in the Office of the United States Trade
Representative’s 2015 Special 301 Report is a “major step back” in the
United States’ efforts to put an end to the India’s ongoing unfair trade
practices that are harmful to American job creators.

“Once again, the Administration has missed the mark,” said Hatch.  “After
squandering the opportunity to crack down on India’s rampant IP violations
in their Out of Cycle review last year, they have now issued a report that
that fails to fully recognize the seriousness of India’s harmful IP
policies. This is major step back in America’s efforts to end such unfair
trading practices. At a minimum India should be kept under the microscope
with another targeted investigation. This lack of progress is
disappointing. We must refocus our efforts and keep pressure on India to
follow the rules of the global trading system.”

Hatch has long fought to preserve strong IP standards in the international
trading system.  This year, he introduced the Trade Facilitation and Trade
Enforcement Act of 2015 which includes additional tools for USTR to
increase the effectiveness of the Special 301 Report.

Specifically, the measure establishes a Chief Innovation and IP Negotiator
at USTR, to elevate the importance of IP protection at USTR and enhance
USTR’s accountability to Congress. It would further enhance the
effectiveness of the Special 301 Report by elevating the importance in the
Report of trade secret theft, and by requiring that USTR develop a
meaningful action plan for countries, such as India, that consistently fail
to adequately protect intellectual property rights. The measure was
reported out of the Finance Committee last week.

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