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PH remains off the US’ intellectual property watch list for ten years.

In the US Trade Representative’s (USTR) Special 301 Report, which listed nations where the US has concerns about protecting and enforcing intellectual property, the Philippines has maintained its spotless record for ten years.

The USTR included seven countries on its priority watch list and 22 other countries on its watch list in the 2023 Special 301 Report, which was published on Thursday (Manila time).

After 20 years on the list of countries concerned about intellectual property theft, the Philippines has been off the piracy watchlist since 2014.

“The country’s continued exclusion from the USTR’s list of countries with major intellectual property concerns reflects wins from the awareness-raising and regulatory efforts of the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL),” IPOPHL Director General Rowell Barba said in a statement.

According to Barba, the report has even included some of IPOPHL’s work, particularly the organization’s Intellectual Property Colloquium for Judiciary, as examples of best practices in intellectual property protection and enforcement.

The Raise the Economy by Acquiring Protection of Your IP of Your Community (REAP IP) program, which involved over 160 local government units in raising awareness of intellectual property, was also featured in the 2023 Special 301 Report.

In our efforts to set a better example for the world community, Barba continued, “It also demonstrates our close coordination with members of the National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights (NCIPR) and other stakeholders and partners.”

In its Special 301 Report for this year, the USTR included Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, and Russia on its priority watch list.

Algeria, Barbados, Belarus, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Guatemala, Mexico, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam are on the list of countries to be on the lookout for.

“The strength of the country’s IP knowledge will determine how successful we are in combating piracy, counterfeiting, and other IP rights abuses. For sharing their expertise in creating an IP-conscious community with us, our local and foreign collaboration partners deserve our deepest gratitude, Barba stated.

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