On February 20, 2013 a public hearing regarding annual review of "Special 301 Review" on infringement of intellectual property rights worldwide was held at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).
Officials from about 10 federal U.S. agencies, including the Department of State, departments of commerce, treasury, labor, health and agriculture participated in the public hearing. At the hearing representatives of Czech Republic, Mexico, Paraguay and Italy delivered brief reports on the protection of intellectual property rights.
The hearing was attended by representatives of the Embassy of Ukraine to the U.S., as well as the State Intellectual Property Service of Ukraine who presented an official position of Ukraine on the above issue. The American side was provided with a comprehensive information regarding current situation and ways to improve the protection of intellectual property rights in Ukraine.
The final decision to review the rating of Ukraine in "Special 301 Review" for 2013 will be made by the USTR on April 30, 2013.