The United States recently transferred Kuwait from the Special 301 Report Watch List to the Priority Watch List for potential breaches of intellectual property rights.

Kuwait’s accession to the Paris and Berne Conventions, as reported by Saba IP Bulletin in September, shows the country’s commitment to improve the protection of IPRs. This will certainly translate to the advancement of Kuwait’s enforcement action against trademark infringement, and progress in copyright legislation to meet international standards.

The Special 301 Report is prepared annually by the Office of the United States Trade Representative under Section 301 as amended of the Trade Act of 1974. The report categorizes trade barriers for U.S. companies and products due to the intellectual property law in other countries.

Other countries in the region included in the report are Algeria, Egypt, Lebanon and Turkey.

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