NAM Special 301 Hearing Release

More Than 50 Organizations Urge USTR to

Recognize India’s Harmful Trade Practices in Annual Report

Washington, D.C., February 24, 2014 – Today, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) applauded more than 50 business and advocacy organizations that sent a letter to the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) urging Ambassador Michael Froman to designate India a Priority Foreign Country in its 2014 Special 301 Report.

Sent in advance of today’s Special 301 Public Review hearing, the letter cites India for its discriminatory trade practices and failure to adequately protect and enforce intellectual property (IP). Priority Foreign Country status is reserved for those nations that are the most egregious violators of IP rights and have the most negative impact on U.S. competitiveness abroad.

The USTR’s Special 301 Report is an annual accounting of all countries that deny adequate and effective protection of IP rights or fair and equitable market access to U.S. innovators. The Special 301 Subcommittee hearing comes just a week after the United States International Trade Commission held an investigatory hearing at the request of the Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees.

“India’s egregious acts, policies and practices have a serious adverse impact on manufacturers in the United States and threaten further damage,” said NAM Vice President of International Economic Affairs and Alliance for Fair Trade with India Co-Chair Linda Dempsey. “India has contributed to a climate for IP rights protection and enforcement that consistently ranks worst or among the worst in the world. The USTR and other federal agencies must consider elevation to Priority Foreign Country.”

In the letter, the organizations highlighted that dialogue and diplomacy efforts, including meetings between the respective countries’ heads of state, have had no effect on India’s discriminatory practices. The letter goes on to detail some of India’s harmful trade policies, including revocation of patents, failure to enforce patents and undermining the safeguards for ideas and inventions.

The following is a list of organizations that signed the letter. The full text of the letter can be found here.

Analtech, Inc.

Associated Oregon Industries

Bio Houston

BioBuzz Workforce Foundation, Inc.



California Manufacturers & Technology Association

Center for Healthcare Innovation

Center for Health Care Services

Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut

Chicago Life Sciences Consortium

Colorado Association of Commerce and Industry

Colorado BioScience Association

Colorado Competitive Council

Connecticut Retail Merchants Association

Denver Metro Chamber

Eastern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce

Global Pharma Analytics, Inc.


Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce

HealthCare Institute of New Jersey (HINJ)

Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization—iBIO®

Illinois Manufacturers’ Association

Indiana Health Industry Forum

Indiana Manufacturers Association

Iowa Association of Business and Industry

Life Sciences Greenhouse of Pennsylvania

MAC, Manufacturing Alliance of Connecticut, Inc.

Manufacturing Alliance of Connecticut


Michigan Chamber of Commerce

Michigan Manufacturers Association

Mississippi Manufacturers Association


NC Biotechnology Center

Nevada Manufacturers Association

New Mexico Biotechnology & Biomedical Association

NJ Mayors Committee on Life Sciences

Ogden/Weber Chamber of Commerce

Rio Grande Valley Diabetes Association

Rush To Live

South Shore Chamber of Commerce

Tech Council of Maryland


Texas Association of Business

Texas BioAlliance

Texas Center for Health Care Services

Texas Healthcare and Bioscience Institute

Texas Life Science Foundation

Texas Nurse Practitioners

The Colorado Competitive Council

The Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

Virginia Bio

Virginia Chamber of Commerce

Virginia Small Business Partnership

Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association (WBBA)



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