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Patents report turns deaf ear

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The United States government is in the midst of its annual campaign of amiable contempt and insult of inconvenient opinions. It has invited US citizens and foreign governments to comment on the April report of copyright and trademark violators around the world. Thailand has until Friday to take up its legal right to write to the US Trade Representative about the issue. It can request an actual hearing on Feb 20. After that, the USTR will issue the report it was always going to issue. 

The "Annual Special 301 Report on Intellectual Property (IP) Rights", to name it exactly, is something like the mythical Hotel California. It's simple to get on the list, "but you can never leave".

The USTR describes it as a report on intellectual property enforcement around the globe. In fact, the annual report amounts to little more than the long arm of US big business demanding that the world adopt US copyright laws, word for word.

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