(STR Trade Report)
The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative has announced an agreement between the U.S. and Russia on an action plan to improve the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights. A USTR press release states that this action plan addresses the following priority areas.
- combating copyright piracy over the Internet, including actions such as takedowns of infringing content, action against persons responsible for IPR crimes, coordination with rights holders, cooperation and information exchange between IPR enforcement officials, and devotion of resources and personnel to law enforcement agencies to combat piracy over the Internet
- enhancing IPR enforcement, including actions against counterfeiting, piracy and circumventing technological protection measures; imposing deterrent penalties and sentences; conducting raids; seizing and, where appropriate, destroying IPR infringing products and the equipment and materials used to produce them; and promoting transparency and public awareness of IPR enforcement actions
- coordinating on legislation and other issues, including on Russia’s draft legislation on liability for Internet service providers to combat Internet piracy, consulting on implementation of Russia’s WTO pharmaceutical test data protection commitments, administrative penalties, and exchanging information on enforcement mechanisms and best practices for judges
USTR states that in 2013 the work of the U.S.-Russia Intellectual Property Working Group will focus systematically on Russia taking actions identified in this action plan.