US puts Israel back on intellectual property blacklist




 
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May 1st, 2005  
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Topic: US puts Israel back on intellectual property blacklist


I wonder if theres any other significant non-western country remaining which isn't on US intellectual property black list ?
lol the US is just lashing out at China on all fronts...its still amazing to see how China still manages to stay strong

"China heads the priority watch list, as the leading violator of intellectual property. The USTR said China was given the most prominent place on the priority watch list. Besides Israel and China, the other countries on the watch list are Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, Turkey, and Venezuela."



Source: http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/glob...909133&fid=942

The US has put Israel back on its priority watch list of countries violating intellectual property rights. On Friday, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) published its "Special 301 Report" priority watch list for 2005; 14 other countries were also included in the list.

Since 2003, and until now, Israel was not on the priority watch list, after promising to enact legislation for protecting intellectual property. Only Ukraine is included in the more severe "Priority Foreign Country" list (immediate sanction have been imposed against Ukraine).

Inclusion on the priority watch list means that the US administration is signaling to US companies and businesses its position regarding the protection of intellectual property in Israel, and the degree of caution that should therefore be taken in doing business with Israel. Regarding US pharmaceutical companies, reports in the US have previously said that Israeli law was inadequate, and would cause a reduction in clinical trials for innovative drugs conducted in Israel, including life-saving and cancer drugs.

China heads the priority watch list

China heads the priority watch list, as the leading violator of intellectual property. The USTR said China was given the most prominent place on the priority watch list. Besides Israel and China, the other countries on the watch list are Argentina, Brazil, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, Turkey, and Venezuela.

Sources close to the USTR said the US was likely to impose sanctions against the countrieson the priority watch list if they do not act energetically against intellectual property infringement within their borders.

The main reason Israel was put back on the priority watch list was the dispute between Israel and the US over protection of pharmaceutical intellectual property in Israel.

The USTR said that while progress had been made in negotiations over the past year, Israel failed to meet US demands. The USTR stated that the Knesset had approved legislation on data protection in March 2005, that failed to meet OECD standards. The USTR also expressed concern about continuing problems facing US biotechnology companies in Israel.

The USTR said that Israel had made progress and given the US written assurances that it would continue to protect US rights holders in sound recordings. The USTR notes efforts by Israeli authorities to improvement enforcement of copyrights and trademarks, but notes the persistent significant levels of piracy, such as the burning of copyrighted material onto CDs and DVDs.

Minister of Industry Trade and Labor Ehud Olmert, who led the negotiations on intellectual property protection with the US, recently said he did not expect that the US would put Israel back on the priority watch list, on the basis of promises made to him. He said yesterday, "The decision by the USTR to put Israel back on the priority watch list was the result of brutal pressure by US pharmaceutical companies competing against Israeli companies, which the US companies perceive as threatening their markets."