US puts India, China, Pakistan on IPR watch list
Other nations on the watch list are Canada, Argentina, Algeria, Chile, Indonesia, Israel, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine and Venezuela.
These countries will be the subject of particularly intense bilateral engagement during the coming year, US Trade Representative Ron Kirk said in a statement, releasing the annual "Special 301" Report on the adequacy and effectiveness of US trading partners' protection and enforcement of IPR.
The report said India made limited progress on IPR protection and enforcement in 2011, and its legal framework and enforcement system remain weak. "The US continues to encourage India to promote a stable and predictable patent system that can nurture domestic innovation, including by resolving concerns with respect to the prohibition on patents for certain chemical forms absent a showing of increased efficacy," it said.
The report added, however, the US recognises India's recent efforts to address its patent application backlog, and urges India to take additional steps in this regard.