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Thailand 'disappointed' at US priority watch list rating


April 28, 2008

Thailand 'disappointed' at US priority watch list rating

Thailand is 'disappointed' with Washington's decision to retain the kingdom on its "priority watch list" (PWL) this year due to charges of taking little action to protect US intellectual property rights (IPR), Thai Foreign Minister Noppadon Pattama was quote by Thai News Agency as saying Sunday.

Thailand had in the past year cooperated fully with the US to protect its intellectual property as Thai courts took about 7,000 legal cases and seized 3.4 million counterfeit articles, Noppadon said.

His remarks were made after the US on Friday placed Thailand and eight other countries, including China and Russia, on the list, a move which will subject them to extra scrutiny and could eventually lead to economic sanctions if the Bush administration decides to pursue complaints before the Geneva-based World Trade Organization.

Thailand will, however, continue to work with the United States in protecting the latter's IPR and the National Police Bureau will be asked for its cooperation to push for related laws amendment to make them more efficiency, said Noppadon.

The foreign minister said he would discuss the issue with US Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez on the sidelines of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) here on Monday.

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