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Israel Removed from IPR Watch List in USTR’s Special 301 Report

Wednesday, March 05, 2014
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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced Feb. 28 that Israel is being removed from the Watch List in the agency’s Special 301 report, which identifies trading partners that do not adequately and effectively protect intellectual property rights. A USTR press release states that Israel has passed patent legislation that satisfies the remaining commitments the country made in a 2010 memorandum of understanding that outlined a series of legal and regulatory measures it would take to make its patent system more transparent, efficient and effective. USTR previously downgraded Israel from the Priority Watch List to the Watch List in September 2012 based on progress made under the same MOU.

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