Special 301

(U.S.) The Special 301 statute requires the United States Trade Representative (USTR) to review annually the condition of intellectual property protection among U.S. trading partners. Submissions are accepted from industry after which the USTR, weighing all relevant information, makes a determination as to whether a country presents excessive barriers to trade with the United States by virtue of its inadequate protection of intellectual property. If the USTR makes a positive determination, a country may be named to the list of: (1) Priority Foreign Countries (the most egregious), (2) the Priority Watch List, or (3) the Watch List. See Section 301; Super 301.

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