[Ip-health] US Special 301 inconsistent with WTO rules, says India

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Tue Apr 26 01:37:23 PDT 2016

US Special 301 inconsistent with WTO rules, says India

Hindu businessline

New Delhi, April 25:

India has said that the US Special 301 report, which tries to put pressure
on countries to enhance their intellectual property rights (IPRs)
legislation, violated World Trade Organization (WTO) rules.

“Under the WTO regime, any dispute between two countries needs to be
referred to the Dispute Settlement Body and unilateral actions are not

Special 301, which is an extra territorial application of the domestic law
of a country, is inconsistent with the established norms of the WTO,”
Commerce & Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said in a written reply in
the Lok Sabha on Monday.

The Minister said that India continued to be placed on the ‘priority watch
list’ of the Special 301 report.

Listed as a ‘priority watch’ country means that the US government believes
that a country’s IP laws are not adequate to protect the interests of its

A country can next be classified as a ‘priority foreign country’, following
which the US could impose economic sanctions against it.

“The government is committed to fully utilising all the flexibilities
provided under the TRIPS agreement to protect the domestic pharmaceutical
sector from pressure exerted by foreign countries,” Sitharaman said.

(This article was published on April 25, 2016)

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