Public Hearing (Update) : 2016 Special 301 Report

March is nearing an end and the transcript and the recording of the public hearing to the 2016 Special 301 has not yet been released by the USTR. Given the delay, I’m wondering if the USTR would be successful in tabeling the Report by April 30th. Irrespective of the time frame, I’m keenly awaiting for the transcript and the Report.

Seemantani Sharma

Many of you may be wondering about my deafening silence on the 2016 Special 301 Report, which I’ve otherwise been aggressively pursuing. (For more on the Special 301, see my posts here, here, here and here). Unfortunately, even after a fortnight,  the transcript and the video of the public hearing has not yet been released. This is somewhat strange considering that the video for  the 2015 Special 301’s public hearing was uploaded within 9 days of the hearing.  Hopefully, by this week, we should see it’s release.

Post hearing comments were submitted by the American University Washington College of Law , the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America, the Trademark Working Group, the Computer and Communications Industry Association, the Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment, the Internet Association, the Global Intellectual Property Center. Organizations which submitted India related comments were – 

(I) The Trademark…

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