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USTR request for comment and public hearing re IPR protection

USTR Request for Comment Page

Procedures and deadlines for submitting comment and public hearing

USTR (U.S. Trade Representative’s Office) is hereby requesting written submissions from the public concerning foreign countries’ acts, policies, or practices that are relevant to deciding whether a particular trading partner should be identified as a priority foreign country under Section 182 of the Trade Act or placed on the Priority Watch List or Watch List. Interested parties, including foreign governments, wishing to testify at the public hearing must follow the procedures set out below for filing a notice of intent to testify. The deadlines for these procedures are set out below.

DATES: The schedule for the 2013 Special 301 review is set forth below.

Friday, February 8, 2013–For interested parties, except for foreign governments: Submit written comments, requests to testify at the Special 301 Public Hearing, and hearing statements.

Friday, February 15, 2013--For foreign governments: Submit written comments, requests to testify at the Special 301 Public Hearing, and hearing statements.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013–Special 301 Committee Public Hearing for interested parties, including representatives of foreign governments, will be held at the offices of USTR, 1724 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20508. Any change in the date or location of the hearing will be announced on http://www.ustr.gov.

On or about April 30, 2013--In accordance with statutory requirements, USTR will publish the 2013 Special 301 Report.

ADDRESSES: All written comments, requests to testify, and hearing statements should be sent electronically via http://www.regulations.gov, docket number USTR-2012-0022. Submissions should contain the term ‘‘2013 Special 301 Review’’ in the ‘‘Type comment’’ field on http://www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paula Karol Pinha, Director for Intellectual Property and Innovation, Office of the United States Trade Representative, at (202) 395-5419. Further information about Special 301 can be found at http://www.ustr.gov.

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http://insidetrade.com//index.php?option=com_iwpfile&file=dec2012/wto2012_2883.pdf