Assistant U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) for Intellectual Property Victoria Espinel said December 7 that the trade office is collecting from U.S. industries information to see whether insufficient enforcement of IPR in China would justify a request for WTO dispute settlement with China. The United States, joined by Japan and Switzerland, also has filed a formal request with the WTO for information from China on the country’s IPR enforcement efforts. The latter action was necessary, she said, because “China does not share the same level of transparency regarding enforcement actions as the United States.”
The withdrawal of trade benefits are considered for Rusia but not for China.
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