04 May '11, 3am

Singapore not blacklisted by US over IP rights protection

Singapore not blacklisted by US over IP rights protection

A software piracy syndicate in Singapore after a raid on pirated software and CDs in this April 16, 2005 file picture. Singapore has not been blacklisted by the US government for not protecting intellectual property rights. -- ST PHOTO: JOYCE FANG SINGAPORE has not been blacklisted by the US government for not protecting intellectual property (IP) rights. This, despite increasingly aggressive lobbying by the American media industry to blackmark the Republic. Singapore was not cited among the countries deemed to have poor records of upholding copyrights, trademarks and patents, in an annual watchlist called the Special 301 Report. It was published on Sunday by the US Trade Representative (USTR) which oversees America's trade agreements with its trading partners. A country on the watchlist could face increased import tariffs, for example. Some countries the USTR said had fal...

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