Priority Foreign Country

Priority Foreign Country

A designation by the United States trade representative of a country that does not adequately protect intellectual property rights. A priority foreign country is the lowest designation that the trade representative can make.
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Countries are designated as priority foreign country or priority watch list country under the Special 301 Report which is the result of an annual review of the state of intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement in U.
In its 2014 Special 301 submission, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America requested that the Office of the United States Trade Representative designate India as a Priority Foreign Country, the harshest designation for those countries that fail to protect and enforce intellectual property.
On Wednesday, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) - which represents about 50 US business groups - asked the USTR to designate India a Priority Foreign Country in its 2014 report.
Last Wednesday, the National Association of Manufacturers -- which represents about 50 US business groups -- asked the USTR to designate India a Priority Foreign Country in its 2014 report.
CII also expressed concern about the suggestion of designating India Priority Foreign Country, the classification given to foreign countries that "deny adequate and effective" protection of intellectual property rights.
USTR reviewed 95 trading partners for the 2013 Special 301 Report, and placed 41 countries on the Priority Foreign Country, Priority Watch List, or Watch List.
Ukraine is now a Priority Foreign Country (PFC), according to the USTR's "301 List", a decision Ukraine's Deputy Prime Minister, Konstantyn Gryshchenko, said "ignores the efforts of the Ukrainian government" in improving the legal framework and enforcing intellectual property rights (IPR).
125) The Priority Foreign Country designation is reserved for countries "that have the most onerous or egregious acts, policies, or practices that have the greatest adverse impact" on intellectual property rights.
The section, commonly referred to as "Special 301," ranks the countries with Priority Foreign Country (PFC) as the worst, followed by Priority Watch List and Watch List.
Priority foreign country practices will become the subject of investigation under the Super 301 provision, with the first step of that process being consultations with the designated foreign country in an effort to reach accord.
73) If any country on the watch list abandons good faith negotiations or fails to make significant progress in negotiations, the country may be subject to an actual investigation under a priority foreign country designation.
Cone Mills, which says it has documented illegal Pakistani goods being shipped to Latin America and Sweden, has asked USTR to designate Pakistan a "special 301 priority foreign country," meaning that it should be investigated for IPR infringements and sanctions imposed if the U.
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