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USTR Releases 2014 Notorious Markets List

March 5, 2015

Notorious Markets List Focuses Fight Against Global Piracy and Counterfeiting of American Products

Washington, D.C. –United States Trade Representative Michael Froman today announced the findings of the Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets for 2014, which highlights certain physical and online markets around the world that are reported to engage in and facilitate substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting that harms American businesses and undermines our workers.  The publication of the Notorious Markets report helps the United States and foreign governments to prioritize intellectual property rights (IPR) enforcement that protects job-supporting innovation and creativity in the United States and around the world.  

Upon releasing the report, Ambassador Froman said, “American innovation fuels our economy.  Intellectual property protects the contributions and livelihoods of the 40 million Americans whose jobs are supported by intellectual property-intensive and associated industries.  The theft we're shining a light on today is detrimental not only to creators and inventors, but also to consumers, who may be deceived and even endangered by Notorious Markets engaging in counterfeiting and piracy. Our commitment to underscore the protection of intellectual property rights has produced real results, and today's action is another important part of that effort.”

The Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets identifies particularly infamous markets, and does not constitute an exhaustive list of all markets reported to deal in pirated or counterfeit goods around the world.  Nor does it reflect the U.S. Government’s analysis of the general IPR protection and enforcement climate in the country concerned; such analysis is contained in the annual Special 301 Report issued at the end of April.  However, the United States urges the responsible authorities to intensify efforts to combat piracy and counterfeiting, and to use the information contained in the Notorious Markets List to pursue legal actions where appropriate.

Deputy United States Trade Representative Robert Holleyman, pointed to early success and remaining work to combat piracy and counterfeiting.

"The results from the past Notorious Markets report are very encouraging. In a short time we have seen a real effort by private and public entities to take action against serious offenders and we have seen businesses that resisted change for years turn the corner toward legitimate commerce. The success of our campaign to shine a light on thieves as well as on misguided sites has been exciting to see. Sites that want to be taken seriously reform and those that don't are being shuttered. The Notorious Markets List is helping shift the rewards of e-commerce away from illicit trade and back to the entrepreneurs, artists, and legitimate businesses that provide the quality goods and services that consumers want.  There is much more work to do, and IPR counterfeiting and piracy remains a very real and present threat, but we have found a helpful tool to shine a spotlight on efforts to combat this illicit activity."

To read the full report, which also includes examples of previously-identified Notorious Markets that have taken meaningful steps to address piracy and counterfeiting, click here


USTR has identified notorious markets in the Special 301 Report since 2006.  In 2010, USTR announced that it would begin to publish the Notorious Markets List separately from the Special 301 Report to increase public awareness and guide related trade and other enforcement actions.  USTR published the first stand-alone Notorious Markets List in February 2011 as an “Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets,” and has published a list for every year since. 

Today’s announcement concludes the 2014 Out-of-Cycle Review of Notorious Markets, which was initiated on September 26, 2014, through publication in the Federal Register of a request for public comments.  The Notorious Markets List was developed by the U.S. Government agencies represented on the USTR-chaired Special 301 Subcommittee of the Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) based on information received in response to the Federal Register request.  The request for comments and the public’s responses can be viewed online at, Docket number USTR-2014-0017.  Information about Special 301, the TPSC process, and other trade issues is available at  


Protecting Trademarks in Domain Names

December 29, 2014

The U.S. Department of Commerce has prepared an information sheet, also in chart form, about protecting trademarks in the expansion of generic top-level domains (such as ".com", ".org", and ".net") in the domain name system. Over 1,300 new domains could become available over the next few years.  The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) website has more information about new domains at, including the strings that have been delegated to date.  In order for American businesses to benefit from the new opportunities that this expanded system presents, as well as to protect their business interests, it is important to stay apprised of developments in this area.  These developments include the several Rights Protection Mechanisms (RPMs), currently available only in the new gTLDs, to aid trademark owners in protecting their trademarks: the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) and the Uniform Rapid Suspension (URS) system. Information on using these tools to protect your trademarks in domain names is available under the Business Tools section of this website at:

2015 Special 301 Review: Request for Public Comment and Announcement of Public Hearing

December 29, 2014

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) is now accepting public submissions from interested persons to be used in conducting the 2015 "Special 301" review of the intellectual property rights (IPR) practices of foreign countries. Each year the USTR leads an interagency process to identify the foreign countries that deny adequate and effective protection of IPR or that deny fair and equitable market access to U.S. persons who rely on IP protection. Written submissions from interested persons are a key source of information for this process. The submission deadline for most interested parties is February 6, 2015 while the deadline for foreign governments is February 13, 2015. Interested persons also have the opportunity to provide input by making statements at a public hearing in late February 2015. At the conclusion of the process, USTR will publish the results of the review in a “Special 301” Report around April 30, 2015. 

Federal Register Notice

More information about Special 301


USPTO Hosts Trade Secret Symposium

December 17, 2014
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is pleased to announce that it will host a Trade Secret Symposium on Thursday, January 8, 2015, at USPTO Headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. The symposium will provide an opportunity for members of the public to hear from representatives of academia, government, legal practice and industry on important trade secret issues facing innovators today.
The panels will touch on a variety of topics, including legislative proposals regarding trade secret protection, the challenges to estimating losses due to trade secret theft, the intersection of patents and trade secrets, issues in civil litigation involving trade secrets, international considerations, and the response to trade secret theft in the U.S.    
The symposium will be held at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Madison Building, Madison Auditorium South, 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, Virginia  22314.  The symposium will begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 3:00 p.m.  The agenda will be available a week before the symposium and registration is available on PTO’s website at IP Initiatives & Events.  Attendees may also register at the door.  Attendance is free. 


USPTO and WIPO Announce Fall Dates for Educational Programs on International IP Protection

November 10, 2014

Protecting Your IP Overseas: WIPO Services and Initiatives

November 10-11, 2014 - Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA - 2-day program - Registration fee: $60.  The event in Boston is also co-sponsored by Suffolk University Law School.

November 12, 2014 - The Chauncey Conference Center, Princeton, NJ - 1-day program - Registration fee: $35

November 13-14, 2014 - The Global Intellectual Property Academy @ the US Patent & Trademark Office, Alexandria, VA - 2-day program. Registration fee: $60

Are you looking to take your business overseas but not sure how to protect your intellectual property (IP) rights? Or do you represent businesses and want to hear about the latest developments in global IP systems? Then sign up to attend this seminar, specially designed to teach you how to maximize your options.

Who should attend:

  • Small and medium sized businesses who want to expand into new markets overseas
  • Legal, financial and policy advisors for internationally focused businesses
  • Business leaders interested in maximizing their global reach

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) working with the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), the US Chamber of Commerce, and the US Patent and Trademark Office are pleased to offer this valuable educational program.

Senior representatives from the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will lead an interactive program of discussions that are sure to be of interest to anyone involved in the international protection of IP rights. The event will provide an introduction to WIPO services and initiatives, including international systems for the protection of IP rights, alternative dispute resolution, and infrastructure for the exchange of IP information. There will be plenty of opportunity for debate and discussion, as well as interaction with the US Patent and Trademark Office, and local business representatives. A full agenda will be available soon.

We are pleased to be offering these programs in three locations this fall.

In Boston and in Alexandria, we are pleased to offer up to 12.5 hours of CLE available for RI, NH (self reporting), CA, NY, VA, DE, PA.  Other states by request.  In New Jersey, we are pleased to offer up to 6.6 hours of CLE for CA, NY, NJ, PA.

Program registration includes CLE processing, continental breakfasts, coffee breaks, lunches, and conference materials.



USTR Begins Special 301 Report Out-of-Cycle Review of India's Engagement on Intellectual Property

October 14, 2014

In the 2014 Special 301 Report, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that, in order to assess progress on engagement with the Government of India on intellectual property rights (IPR) issues, an Out-of-Cycle Review (OCR) would be conducted for India. USTR requests written submissions from the public concerning information, views, acts, policies, or practices relevant to evaluating the Government of India's engagement on IPR issues of concern, in particular those identified in the 2014 Special 301 Report. The 2014 Special 301 Report is available at

USTR Press Release

Federal Register Request

Take Me To The Docket

USITC Launches 337Info

September 30, 2014

For more information on the USITC, start here.



337Info Unites Multiple Data Sources, Provides Fast and Easy Access to Information

The U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) today launched a new web-based tool that will help users find information about and track unfair import investigations brought under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (section 337 investigations).

337Info is an information retrieval system that contains data about USITC section 337 investigations, including:

  • the unfair act(s) alleged (patent, trademark, or copyright infringement; misappropriation of trade secrets; etc.)

  • the parties involved (current and historical)

  • the Administrative Law Judge(s) (ALJ(s)) and USITC staff assigned (current and historical)

  • the product(s) involved

  • current investigation status and key dates (hearing dates, target dates, etc.)

  • key dates in the procedural history (e.g., date of institution)

  • disposition of the investigation as a whole and by respondent

  • remedial order(s) issued

  • any appeals and/or ancillary proceedings

337Info brings together information that was previously spread across the USITC website and presents it in a single, user-friendly, easy-to-navigate interface. It features a robust search capability that enables users to identify investigations of interest; track ongoing investigations, appeals, and ancillary proceedings from filing to disposition; and conduct research with ease.

337Info currently includes information about investigations instituted or otherwise initiated on or after October 1, 2008. These investigations include violation-phase, enforcement, bond forfeiture, and modification proceedings, as well as investigations following a remand from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. The data will generally be updated within three business days of a Commission or ALJ action.

337Info is not a document repository. To view official documents filed in USITC investigations, users may use the USITC Electronic Document Information System (EDIS).

337Info will not replace current procedures related to the release of information on target dates. ALJ initial determinations will continue to be posted in the Press Room section of the USITC website on the date of release. Commission decisions on whether to review ALJ initialdeterminations and Commission final determinations will continue to be posted in the Federal Register section of the USITC website at 5 p.m. on the date of release.

Users are encouraged to visit the 337Info site and explore its features. An online tutorial and Frequently Asked Questions document will help users become familiar with the system and how to use it. The USITC also anticipates offering limited training sessions in the near future. Information will be announced when such sessions are scheduled.

The USITC, an independent, quasi-judicial federal agency, adjudicates complaints brought under section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended. Section 337 declares the infringement of certain statutory intellectual property rights and other forms of unfair competition in import trade to be unlawful practices. Most section 337 investigations involve allegations of patent or registered trademark infringement. Other forms of unfair competition, such as misappropriation of trade secrets, trade dress infringement, passing off, false advertising, and false designation of origin, may also be asserted.


USPTO Releases Two New Online Trademark Resources

September 29, 2014

The USPTO is making available two new trademark resources online:
(1) the Trademark Litigation Online Toolkit (, answering common questions about trademark litigation, and 
(2) the TEAS (Trademark Electronic Application System) "Nuts and Bolts" video series (, how-to videos providing information about each page of the TEAS initial application form.

Comment Period for Special 301 Notorious Markets Review Now Open Until October 24, 2014

September 26, 2014

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) requests written comments from the public identifying Internet and physical markets based outside the United States that should be included in the 2014 Notorious Markets List. The Notorious Markets List (List) identifies online and physical marketplaces that reportedly engage in and facilitate substantial copyright piracy and trademark counterfeiting. The Federal Register Notice, available at, provides background, requirements for comments, and submission instructions. Commenters are encouraged to use to file their submissions. Comments may be viewed free of charge by visiting and entering Docket Number USTR-2014-0017 in the “Search” field on the home page. The deadline for interested parties to submit written comments is 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on October 24, 2014. Interested parties who wish to provide rebuttal or other information to be considered during the review may do so through this docket until 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on October 31, 2014.

Take me to the docket

Federal Register Notice

Notorious Markets Reports from previous years

USPTO Hosts First-Inventor-to-File Road Show Sept-Oct 2014

September 16, 2014

The USPTO is hosting seven roadshows across the country during September-October 2014 to increase the understanding of the First Inventor to File (FITF) provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA). USPTO subject matter experts will help patent applicants and other stakeholders understand the FITF provisions and related updates since the implementation of the AIA. For the full agenda, roadshow calendar, and webcast information visit:

First-Inventor-to-File Roadshows

09/16/2014  Concord, NH
09/18/2014 Madison, WI
09/23/2014 Alexandria, VA
09/30/2014 Dallas, TX
10/02/2014 Denver, CO
10/07/2014 Silicon Valley, CA
10/09/2014 Atlanta, GA

The roadshow events are free and open to the public; pre-registration is not required but may be requested by the host organization. All seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. CLE credit is not available for any event. At the conclusion of the 2014 AIA FITF Fall Roadshow, copies of written materials and a video of the event will be posted here.


For inquiries, please contact: