U.S. says China falls short of commitments on intellectual property

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Washington, April 30 - China has fallen short on its commitments to protect American intellectual property in the Part 1' - signed trade deal with China last year, said Biden administration trade office on Friday.

The U.S. Trade Representative's Special 301U.S. Trade Representative's Special 301 report https://www.ustr.gov Sites default files file reports 2021 2021% 20 Special 20301% 20 Report 20.pdf on intellectual property said that China had published several revised regulations on patent law, copyright and administrative rights last year, and changed several draft measures on IP.

However, these steps toward reform fall short of the full range of fundamental changes needed to improve China’s IP landscape, said USTR.

The commitments were part of the new agricultural biotechnology agreement between American president Donald Trump's administration and Beijing, which included regulatory changes on agricultural biotechnology and commitments to purchase an estimated $200 billion in U.S. exports over two years.

The USTR report said there is some uncertainty about the effectiveness of Chinese legal changes, while ongoing problems with trademarks and counterfeiting persist.It also said that Chinese officials have made statements that intellectual property should be linked to national security and the need to develop indigenous innovation.

Such statements and measures raise concerns about requiring and pressing technology transfer and whether IP protection and enforcement will apply fairly to foreign rights holders in China, said USTR.

China was kept on a priority watch list for intellectual property law enforcement problems, as were Russia, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine and Venezuela, with Argentina, Chile, India, India, Venezuela, Venezuela and South Africa.

Katherine Tai told Senators earlier this week that her office has not yet scheduled a High-Level Consultation with China, required twice a year, but would work to keep China from its Phase 1 commitments, including goods purchases.

We're continuing to engage with China to make sure that the commitments are implemented, told another USTR official on Friday to reporters.

Asked about waiver of intellectual property rights for vaccines, proposed by some countries of the World Trade Organization, the official said that the Biden administration was working with global partners, including WTO members, to look at pragmatic and effective steps to increase production and equitable distribution of vaccines.When you’re online, you can now have your own account and we will be able to help you.

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