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Taiwan not named on IP thieves list

Staff Writer, with CNA

Taiwan did not appear on the US’ annual watch list of countries who infringe on intellectual property (IP) rights, but it was given a reprimand for online sales of pirated and counterfeit goods.

Each year, the Office of the US Trade Representative puts out its Special 301 Report, which reviews the global state of copyright protection and enforcement. The US agency examined protection and enforcement in 77 countries.

The US praised Taiwan for -cooperating on an action plan to improve IP rights protection, a move that could lead to Taiwan’s eventual removal from the report.

The agency underscored the view that, through action plans and other engagements, the US and its trading partners can indeed address piracy issues and concerns.

However, the agency did not hold back on its criticisms. The report mentioned that vendors in Taiwan are involved in online sales of pirated and counterfeited goods.

The report noted that -Taiwanese businesses post online advertisements that sell counterfeit and pirated goods, offering to deliver these products through the mail or by courier. Other countries mentioned with a similar problem include China, France, Germany, Japan and Spain.

In addition, the report also highlighted piracy concerns in Taiwan’s pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors, citing complaints from US businesses.

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