Another report by the US Trade Representative (USTR) on intellectual property (IP) abuses spells another year in purgatory for Thailand.
The annual Special 301 Report has extended Thailand's time on the Special Watch List to seven years. The action essentially brands Thailand in American eyes as one of the world's 11 worst offenders of copyright, trademarks and patents. It is no longer clear that the listing really means anything.
Section 301 refers to a US law on trade, while the special watch list is for US regulators to monitor. This year, Thailand heads the list along with Algeria, Argentina, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, Russia and Venezuela. Canada and Israel both "graduated" from last year's priority watch list with Thailand, to just the standard watch list for 2013.
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