Washington International Law Journal


Preeti Sinha


Special 301 of the 1988 Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act grants the United States Trade Representative the authority to target countries that do not adequately protect intellectual property rights. The USTR has been investigating and negotiating with several countries, including Thailand, in an effort to improve intellectual property protections for American products. As a result, Thailand has instituted noteworthy changes in its copyright and patent laws. This Comment recommends that the USTR continue to negotiate with Thailand, and that the USTR continue to exert pressure on Thailand. This Comment also suggests that because Thailand has taken steps to improve protection of intellectual property rights, the USTR should refrain from imposing any trade sanctions under Special 301 against Thailand at this time.

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