Costa Rica still on U.S. intellectual property list

Costa Rica again this year is on the U.S. watch list for intellectual property protection.

The Office of the United States Trade Representative released the 2016 report on the global state of intellectual property rights protection and enforcement Thursday.

The agency reviewed 73 trading partners for this year’s report, and placed 34 of them on the report’s so-called priority watch list and watch list.

Costa Rica joins countries like México, Barbados, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Greece, Guatemala, Jamaica, Lebanon, Pakistan, Peru, Romania, Switzerland, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam on the standard watch list.

A priority watch list includes 11 countries: Algeria, Argentina, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Kuwait, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine and Venezuela.

China remains on the top of the list, although the United States said there are some positive developments.

According to the report, China remains the world’s largest online piracy market, causing substantial losses for American owners of intellectual property rights in music, movies, books, periodicals, video games, software and in other fields.

The trade representative said that Costa Rica may not have committed the necessary resources to improve intellectual property enforcement, adding:

“The United States also welcomes reports that Costa Rican ministries have recently concluded audits as to their use of unlicensed software but urges Costa Rica to close  the unlicensed software gap in the coming year.”

The United States also sought more transparency in prosecution of intellectual property case.

Most of those vendors selling CDs and trademarked sportswear are selling fakes that are violations of the law.

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