China is failing in promises to protect intellectual property, US says

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In a remark to reporters on Tuesday, Liu Pengyu, spokesman for the Chinese Embassy in Washington, said the tariffs violate global trade rules, slow global economic recovery and ultimately hurt US businesses and consumers.

“The Biden administration will not end tariffs on China but is preparing to launch a new Section 301 investigation,” he said. “Facts have proved that a tariff war cannot solve the core problem of economic and trade tensions between China and the US, nor will it truly balance US foreign trade. It will only drive up US inflation and raise the cost of living for ordinary American consumers and families.”

The report also said Russia faces various challenges, including copyright infringement and counterfeiting, but that the government’s ability to address and resolve these intellectual property issues has been severely limited by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and subsequent efforts by the United States sei and its allies to isolate Russia from the world economy. The United States is following Russia’s recent proposals to counter international sanctions by allowing its companies to infringe intellectual property rights in the United States, Europe and other countries that have imposed sanctions on Russia, the report said.

It also expressed concern about the European Union’s “aggressive promotion” of geographical indications or regulations that require goods to come from certain regions in order to be allowed to use certain product names. Rules restricting the use of common names for products like parmesan or feta cheese pose barriers to US-made goods and remain “of great concern,” the USTR said.

The bureau said it would also conduct a special review of Bulgaria’s practices to assess whether it had made progress in investigating and prosecuting online piracy cases. Some countries were removed from a watch list and said they had made progress in improving rights, including Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Romania and Lebanon.

Katherine Tai, the trade representative, said in a statement that the government will continue to work with trade partners to address deficiencies and that protecting intellectual property is key to more than 60 million American jobs.

“We need robust protections and enforcement abroad to protect these individuals and their livelihoods and ensure they can compete fairly in global markets,” Ms. Tai said.

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