WASHINGTON – The U.S. is highlighting failures by China and India to curb intellectual property theft in an annual report that could add to strains in relations between Washington and the two Asian powers.
Each year, the U.S. Trade Representative reviews in its “Special 301 Report” the violations and enforcement of intellectual property by dozens of U.S. trading partners.
Ten nations are included on a “priority watch list” in the 2014 report, released Wednesday. Among them, China and India are singled out for the most attention.
The report says India has improved its legal framework in that area, but Internet piracy is growing and the trade in counterfeit goods remains “very troubling.”
In China, the U.S. reports serious problems, including protection of patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade secrets.