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Kuwait Elevated to Priority Watch List for IPR Problems

Thursday, November 13, 2014
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The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced Nov. 10 that it is elevating Kuwait from the Special 301 Report Watch List to the Priority Watch List. Trading partners on the PWL become the focus of increased bilateral attention concerning identified problem areas. USTR states that while it is encouraged by Kuwait’s accessions to the Berne and Paris conventions and by recent reported progress on enforcement against copyright infringement, it remains concerned about the lack of sustained enforcement action against trademark infringement and the lack of progress in updating Kuwait’s copyright legislation to be consistent with international standards.

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