Update to: Taiwan Under “Democracy Watch” List

Taiwan welcomes removal from U.S. watch list

http://www.etaiwannews.com
Central News Agency

2009-01-17 03:29 PM

Taipei, Jan. 17 (CNA) The Intellectual Property Office under the Ministry of Economic Affairs on Saturday happily welcomed the United States’ decision to remove Taiwan from the Special 301 Watch List.Wang Mei-hua, director-general of the office, said the development indicates that Taiwan’s long-time efforts to protect intellectual property rights (IPR) have won the recognition of the United States.

Wang pointed out that the establishment of the intellectual property court on July 1, 2008 marked one of Taiwan’s most important achievements in terms of IPR protection, adding that the court had received 700 cases as of the end of the year.

Wang said Taiwan is one of the few countries in the world, along with Malaysia and Thailand, that has set up an intellectual property court. Most countries, she said, have only established intellectual property tribunals. Over the past year, Taiwan has also stepped up IPR enforcement on campuses to combat Internet and textbook piracy, she said.

The government is also taking aim at copyright infringements on the Internet and submitted a draft amendment of the Copyright Law to the legislature last October that would provide incentives to Internet service providers to help curb such infringements.

She said her office will hold a public hearing on the legislation next week and hoped that it could clear the legislature during the next legislative session slated to began in February.

(By Y.F. Low)

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