The "Special 301" Report is an annual review of the global state of intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement. This Report reflects the Administration's resolve to encourage and maintain effective IPR protection and enforcement worldwide.
The interagency Special 301 Subcommittee hears testimony, (photo courtesy of USITC)
The 2014 Special 301 Report reflects the Administration’s continued resolve to encourage and maintain adequate and effective IPR protection and enforcement worldwide. The Report identifies a wide range of concerns, including: (a) the deterioration in IPR protection, enforcement, and market access for persons relying on IPR in a number of trading partners; (b) reported inadequacies in trade secret protection in China, India, and elsewhere, as well as an increasing incidence of trade secret misappropriation; (c) troubling “indigenous innovation” policies that may unfairly disadvantage U.S. rights holders in China; (d) the continuing challenges of copyright piracy over the Internet in countries such as Brazil, China, India, and Russia; (e) market access barriers, including nontransparent, discriminatory or otherwise trade-restrictive measures, that appear to impede access to healthcare; and (f) other ongoing, systemic IPR enforcement issues in many trading partners around the world. The Unites States looks forward to engaging constructively with the trading partners identified in the Report to address these concerns.