Date
15 December 2017
Fake products of luxury brands line a street in Beijing. Piracy continues to be rampant across China. Photo: Bloomberg
Fake products of luxury brands line a street in Beijing. Piracy continues to be rampant across China. Photo: Bloomberg

China, India on US piracy, patents blacklist

Washington has named China and India on a watchlist for nations that are said to be not doing enough to fight intellectual-property crimes, Reuters reported Thursday.

The US Trade Representative has warned of trade-secret theft in China and the proliferation of generic drugs and counterfeiting in India, in an annual scorecard on how well countries protect US patents, copyrights and other intellectual property rights, it said.

The authority resisted lobbying by the US Chamber of Commerce and pharmaceutical industry to censure India with the “worst offender” tag, preferring instead to keep the country on its Priority Watch List along with China and eight other countries. 

Orrin Hatch, the top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee and one of four top lawmakers who ordered an investigation into Indian trade policies last year, said the country was a “textbook example” of poor practices regarding intellectual property.

“A stronger response is required to dissuade other countries from adopting similar policies,” he was quoted as saying in a statement.

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