"The Chamber commends USTR for their commitment to work with trading partners to develop action plans to thwart the theft of IP," said Mark Elliot, executive vice president for the Chamber's Global Intellectual Property Center.
"While this is a great first step, in order to enhance the tools available to the administration to engage more effectively with our trading partners, we also urge Congress to enact legislation that would not only require action plans, but also clear benchmarks to measure performance and penalties for non-compliance."
Produced annually, the Special 301 Report is a critical mechanism for the U.S. government to ensure that trading partners provide adequate and effective protection of IP for America's creators and innovators.
Over the past few years, the Special 301 Report has also encouraged bad actors to change course and adopt significantly improved IP regimes.
"Today's Special 301 Report shines a spotlight on countries that are threatening American jobs and economic growth by undermining the intellectual property rights of our innovative and creative industries," added Elliot