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USTR praises Taiwan, Poland for improved IPR protections

USTR praises Taiwan, Poland for improved IPR protections

   The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said Poland and Taiwan have made strides to protect against U.S. intellectual property rights violations, but more work still needs to be done by both countries.

   After intensive reviews, the USTR concluded it would keep Poland on its “watch list.” The agency moved Taiwan from its “priority watch list” to the watch list due to the progress it has achieved.

   “We are encouraged by the progress made by Poland and Taiwan in taking steps to address longstanding concerns over piracy and counterfeiting of U.S. intellectual property and products,” said U.S. Trade Representative Robert Zoellick Tuesday.

   “However, a common thread in both reviews is the recognition of the need for stronger and sustained enforcement measures, including the necessity to protect data submitted by innovative pharmaceutical and agricultural chemical producers to obtain marketing approval,” he said.

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