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.
ClickPress, Fri Jun 27 2014] The Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)'s decision to list India as a Priority Foreign Country illustrates pharmaceutical companies' escalating dis contentment with the country due to a series of patent disrespect issues.
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.
Priority Foreign Country designations of China in 1992 and 1996, in fact, did launch trade confrontations, complete with sanctions, over pirate factories making CDs and DVDs.
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.
Priority Watch List" countries are those whose acts, policies, and practices warrant concern, but do not meet all of the criteria for identification as a Priority Foreign Country.
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.
The Report lists the Ukraine as a priority foreign country, China and Paraguay as Section 306 countries, and numerous other countries on the Priority Watch List and a general Watch List.
104] Pursuant to Special 301, the USTR placed China on the Priority Foreign Country list and threatened trade sanctions against China unless it provided more protection for U.
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