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Saudi no longer in US' intellectual property protection concern list

Saudi no longer in US intellectual property protection concern list

Riyadh: The US is reported to have removed Saudi Arabia from a watchlist of countries it deems are weak at enforcing Intellectual Property rules.

The move is said to have resulted after Kingdom's efforts to adhere to the rules set for the IP legislation and regulations.

The Office of the United States Trade Representative has taken the Kingdom off its Priority Watch List in its annual Special 301 Report, after Saudi Arabia tightened up its IP enforcement procedures.

Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property has created specialized IP enforcement courts, conducted strong IP awareness and offered training to IP specialists in 76 different authorities to increase government compliance with the laws.

The authority has also established the permanent National Committee for the Enforcement of Intellectual Property to coordinate IP enforcement, issue reports and case studies and develop IP legislation and regulations.

The annual report identifies 27 trading partners of the US as being either on the Priority Watch List or Watch List.

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