India told to clamp down on IP crimes


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The United States have named India on a watch list for countries that aren't doing enough to fight intellectual-property crimes, warning of the proliferation of generic drugs and counterfeiting.

The U.S. Trade Representative resisted lobbying by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and pharmaceutical industry to censure India with the ‘worst offender’ tag in its annual scorecard on how well countries protect U.S. patents, copyrights and other intellectual property (IP) rights.

The United States instead kept India, which is in the midst of elections, on its Priority Watch List along with China and eight other countries. It would start a special review of India in the fall and ‘redouble’ efforts to address concerns with the new government, the USTR said.

OFFENCE: Many counterfeit goods can be found in New Delhi’s Nehru Place Market

OFFENCE: Many counterfeit goods can be found in New Delhi’s Nehru Place Market

Some were disappointed that the USTR failed to name India as a ‘priority foreign country’ - a label that can eventually lead to trade sanctions or the loss of trade benefits - although others stressed it was not off the hook yet.

Tens of examples of piracy can be found at Nehru Place Market in India's capital New Delhi. Microsoft’s Windows 7 program for example, usual cost around £60, can be picked up for as little as £1.

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