Review Yields No Change to El Salvador’s Special 301 Status
Following an out-of-cycle review of El Salvador under the so-called Special 301 provisions concerning the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced March 20 that it is not adding El Salvador to any of the Special 301 watch lists at this time. Nevertheless, USTR will continue to closely monitor IPR-related developments in El Salvador due to “significant and ongoing concerns,” including El Salvador’s treatment of geographical indications and pharmaceutical products, and. As a result, El Salvador could still be added to the watch list or priority watch list in the Special 301 report due out by the end of April. Placement on one of these lists indicates that particular problems exist with respect to IPR protection, enforcement, or market access for persons relying on intellectual property, and trading partners on the PWL become the focus of increased bilateral attention concerning the problem areas.