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China, India named on US piracy and patents blacklist

Published on May 1, 2014 2:12 AM

WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The United States named China and India on a watch list for countries that aren't doing enough to fight intellectual-property crimes, warning of trade-secret theft in China and the proliferation of generic drugs and counterfeiting in India.

But the US Trade Representative resisted lobbying by the US Chamber of Commerce and pharmaceutical industry to censure India with the 'worst offender' tag in its annual scorecard on how well countries protect US patents, copyrights and other intellectual property (IP) rights.

That path could have led to trade sanctions. But the United States instead kept India on its Priority Watch List and urged the country, which is in the midst of elections, to take steps to address concerns and participate in a process of"constructive bilateral engagement."

"The United States will redouble its efforts to seek opportunities for meaningful, sustained, and effective engagement on IP-related matters with the new government," the report said.

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