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May 19, 2011

USTR Boosts Philippines but Frustrates Thailand

Managing Intellectual Property

The United States Trade Representative has released its most recent Special 301 Report, and Thailand has again been placed on the USTR’s Priority Watch List. This article, by Peter Ollier of Managing Intellectual Property magazine, reviews the decision and includes comments from Tilleke & Gibbins consultant James Evans. Expressing some level of surprise with the USTR’s decision, James notes, “Customs pro-activity has been getting better, although it is true that the rights holder must first record their trade mark with Customs to enable them to seize. The continued efforts by the DIP in contributing to mediation and enforcement have also been of note as well as the implementation of the Thailand Creative Economy project.”