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Latest Special 301 Report Reflects Uneven Progress on IPR Protection Globally, More Needed in Key Markets

WASHINGTON, DC — April 30, 2014

BSA | The Software Alliance today welcomed the US Trade Representative’s annual “Special 301” review of the state of intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and enforcement by key trading partners around the world.

“While there have been some positive developments on IPR protection globally, this year’s Special 301 report shows unlicensed software use remains a serious concern, particularly in some of the world’s fastest-growing markets for IT products and services,” said BSA President and CEO Victoria Espinel. “Accelerating the pace of progress in places where protections are weak will bring positive benefits both locally and globally.”

“We remain especially concerned with the market environment in China and India, given their size and pace of growth,” Espinel said. “We appreciate USTR’s continued engagement with China to improve intellectual property protections and enforcement, including efforts to encourage software legalization among state-owned enterprises and to address policies that restrict market access and discriminate against foreign right holders.”

“The heightened focus on India in this year’s report shows underscores the software industry’s concerns with the growth of copyright infringement, weak trade secret protection, and the trend toward discriminatory rules that distort the competitive landscape by favoring local IP and locking out international alternatives.”

“We thank Ambassador Froman and his team for their hard work on these issues,” Espinel concluded. “We look forward to continuing to work with the Administration and governments around the world to promote appropriate IPR protections, enable digital trade, and power economic growth in the digital age.”

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