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US REPORT ON GLOBAL IP PROTECTION FLAGS UKRAINE AS PRIORITY CONCERN

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13.05.13

The US has deemed Ukraine to be a priority offender in terms of intellectual property (IP) rights violations, according to a report released on the 1 of May 2013 by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR).

This years Special 301 Report demonstrates U.S. resolve to take strong action to support critical jobs and exports in IP-intensive industries, said Acting U.S. Trade Representative Marantis. I regret that the Government of Ukraine has earned the first new Priority Foreign Country designation in 11 years due to its severely deteriorating climate for IPR protection and market access .

In response to the USTR report, Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Kostiantyn Hryshchenko countered that the new designation is not indicative of the real situation in the country. The official also argued that the report fails to acknowledge government efforts to raise legal standards in the IP domain.

The USTR has 30 days from the publication of the report to determine whether to launch an investigation into the practices that led to Ukraines designation as a priority foreign country; if this investigation does occur, Washington will initiate consultations with Kiev in an effort to resolve these concerns.

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