The United States has begun an investigation under Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974 into Ukraine’s intellectual property rights regime.
Ukraine was classed as a Priority Foreign Country in the latest Special 301 Report from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. The report cited problems in Ukraine’s approach to intellectual property rights with respect to government use of pirated software, piracy over the Internet and the administration and operation of copyright collecting societies.
“The United States has identified serious concerns with Ukraine’s treatment of intellectual property rights, as described in our Special 301 Report,” Acting U.S. Trade Representative Miriam Sapiro said in announcing the investigation. “We will consult with the Government of Ukraine on the practices that led us to initiate this investigation.”
As part of this investigation, the USTR will receive comments from interested stakeholders and will hold a public hearing on July 18. Determinations in the investigation are expected to be made by Nov. 30.