Newsletter Edition 12 - March 2020


ABPI supports CNI (National Confederation of Industry) and AmCham in requesting Brazil’s removal from the USTR watch list

ABPI fully supports the CNI-AmCham document sent to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR), requesting Brazil’s removal from the watch list of the next Special 301. This is a report prepared annually by the USTR, which points to countries that need to advance the intellectual property system and might be harmful to US companies and products.

In the document, the National Confederation of Industry (CNI) and the American Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) listed the advances that Brazil made throughout 2019 in the intellectual property area, such as the Fight Against Patent Backlog Plan, the approval of the Madrid Protocol and the memorandum of understanding signed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), concerning the Patent Prosecution Highway Project and actions to fight against piracy.

The Special 301 Report was first published in 1989 and got its name in reference to Section 301 of the 1974 Trade Act, which authorizes the President of the United States to use appropriate instruments, such as retaliation, against countries with measures deemed inappropriate in terms of intellectual property.

To read the document  click here.