For the first time ever, Pakistan has been removed from the US list of worst intellectual property violators.
The 2016 edition of US Trade Representative’s 301 Report removed Pakistan from its Priority Watch List as a sign of improving copyright laws and their implementation. This is the first time the country hasn’t featured on the annual list.
Pakistan has made major steps to implement key provisions of the Intellectual Property Organisation of Pakistan Act of 2012. That as well as the seriousness with which the government has approached IP rights since 2015 were enough to warrant removal from the list, according to the USTR.
In fall of 2016, Pakistan is scheduled for an out-of-cycle review to decide whether the country held up on commitments made during the 2016 annual review cycle to continue to improve certain aspects of IPR protection and enforcement.