AFTI 301 Report Statement



Jamie Hennigan (NAM)


Trinh Nguyen (GIPC)

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AFTI Welcomes Further Review of India’s Discriminatory Practices

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 30, 2014 – The Alliance for Fair Trade with India (AFTI) released the following statement regarding the Office of the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR) 2014 Special 301 Report, which places India on the Priority Watch List and calls for further evaluation of the country’s intellectual property regime during an “out of cycle” review:

“The 2014 Special 301 Report contains strong language acknowledging the serious and growing challenges to the protection of ideas, brands and inventions in the Indian market. This reflects the combined efforts of over 200 Members of Congress and 15 Governors who have called attention to the deteriorating innovation environment in India over the last year. AFTI members view the planned ‘out of cycle’ review of India’s intellectual property system as an opportunity to address concerns identified in the Special 301 Report and to find constructive and lasting solutions. AFTI will continue to monitor India’s actions closely and advocate for measures to encourage India to abandon the industrial policies that are harming U.S. workers and businesses.”