Washington, April 30 (CNA) Taiwan was not on the United States' Special 301 Report this year, marking the fourth consecutive year the country has not been blacklisted in the report on intellectual property (IP) laws and copyright protection among the U.S.' trading partners.
In the report released Monday by the Office of the United States Trade Representative, Taiwan was not among the annual list of countries the U.S. identified as failing to adopt and enforce effective intellectual property rights (IPR) protection.
Among the 77 U.S. trading partners reviewed, Spain and Malaysia were removed from the list this year.
Taiwan, which was often listed in the Special 301 Report in the 1990s, has not been included since 2009.
The country was removed from the report's "Watch List" that year after it implemented several efforts such as a specialized intellectual protection court, a government-sponsored IPR protection program in schools and regulations that strengthen copyright protection.
Meanwhile, 13 countries, including China, were identified as the worst piracy offenders and put on the report's "Priority Watch List."
"This year's Special 301 Report is more significant than ever in light of recent U.S. Government data showing that IP intensive industries support as many as 40 million American jobs and up to 60 percent of U.S. exports," U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said in a statement highlighting the importance of IPR protection to the U.S. economy.
Each April, the U.S. publishes the Special 301 Report, which identifies "Priority Watch List" and "Watch List" countries or economies among its major trading partners, with some deemed to have serious IP-related problems subject to a special monitoring program under Section 306 of U.S. Trade Act.
(By Lin Shu-yuan and Scully Hsiao)