Thailand “has not made sufficient progress’ in combatting various kinds of intellectual property rights (IPR) offences, said the annual report of the US Trade Representative.
“The Thai Government made little progress over the past year in addressing the widespread problems of piracy and counterfeiting.”
Along with Thailand, the USTR named China, Russia, Algeria, Argentina, Canada, Chile, India, Indonesia, Israel, Pakistan and Venezuela as the world’s worst IP offenders.
The countries made the elite US 301 Priority Watch List, named for the section of the Commerce Act regulating the alleged offences. Canada, Indonesia and Algeria are new additions, while Thailand and the other eight were also on last year’s list.
Once a country is listed under the priority watch list, the PWL becomes a basis for the US to press for a “constructive engagement” with that trading partner. Or, to put it another way, exerting diplomatic pressure to change its IP regime.
In theory, the 12 countries on the list could be subject to penalties, trade barriers and embargoes. So far, no action has been taken against Thailand. (Bangkok Post)
Fair enough. We can’t accuse the US authorities to be too harsh. Despiste the regular and classic bullshit served by the thai gvt, piracy is widespread in the country. The gvt doesn’t care about it (and even break IP rights itselft, for instance with the compulsory licenses system for drugs).
Check my articles :
-“Suppressing piracy ? We are working on it” (march 2008)
-Joke Of The Day : in 3 months, no more counterfeit goods (june 2008, Samak)
-Penultimate campaign to “eradicate counterfeit goods” (january 2009, with Abhisit)
In addition to naming Thailand as a top IP offender, the USTR also identified five popular areas in Bangkok as among the world’s most “Notorious Markets”: Pantip Plaza, Mahboonkrong (MBK) shopping centre, and the Klong Thom, Patpong Road and upper Sukhumvit Road areas.
It’s funny to see that even the americans can be blind and/or misinformed. Or too diplomatic… They forgot one of the main malls : Fortune Town, on Ratchadapisek Road. Software, DVD they have them all.
But I guess Fortune Town needs a little bit more publicity. 😉
For the first time, the US report directly addressed the touchiest issue between the two countries – mandatory licensing of drugs. The government has insisted it will not backtrack on its strong stand in favour of removing drug patents for some life-saving drugs in order to reduce prices and increase availability. patent system promotes the development and creation of new lifesaving drugs,” the report says.
At last they they react ! The compulsory licenses decided by the Junta, supported after by Samak and now Abhisit, is a real scandal (read here).