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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 198 / Tuesday, October 14, 2014 / Notices Harrisburg, Pa. 17110–1788, or submitted electronically through http:// www.srbc.net/pubinfo/ publicparticipation.htm. Comments mailed or electronically submitted must be received by the Commission on or before November 17, 2014, to be considered. Authority: Pub. L. 91–575, 84 Stat. 1509 et seq., 18 CFR Parts 806, 807, and 808. Dated: October 3, 2014. Stephanie L. Richardson, Secretary to the Commission. [FR Doc. 2014–24280 Filed 10–10–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 7040–01–P OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE [Docket No. USTR–2014–0020] 2014 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of India Office of the United States Trade Representative. ACTION: Notice of Request for Public Comments. AGENCY: In the 2014 Special 301 Report, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that, in order to assess progress on engagement with the Government of India on intellectual property rights (IPR) issues, an Out-ofCycle Review (OCR) would be conducted for India. USTR requests written submissions from the public concerning information, views, acts, policies, or practices relevant to evaluating the Government of India’s engagement on IPR issues of concern, in particular those identified in the 2014 Special 301 Report. The 2014 Special 301 Report is available at www.ustr.gov. Deadlines: Friday, October 31, 2014—Deadline for the public, except foreign governments, to submit written comments. Friday, November 7, 2014—Deadline for foreign governments to submit written comments. ADDRESSES: All written comments should be filed electronically via www.regulations.gov, Docket Number USTR–2014–0020, and be consistent with the requirements set forth below. Please specify ‘‘2014 Special 301 Out-ofCycle Review of India’’ in the ‘‘Type Comment’’ field. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan Wilson, Director for Intellectual Property and Innovation, Office of the United States Trade Representative, at Special301@ustr.eop.gov. Information mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:59 Oct 10, 2014 Jkt 235001 on the Special 301 Review is available at www.ustr.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 1. Background Section 182 of the Trade Act requires USTR to identify countries that deny adequate and effective protection of IPR or deny fair and equitable market access to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual property protection. The provisions of Section 182 are commonly referred to as the ‘‘Special 301’’ provisions of the Trade Act. Those countries that have the most onerous or egregious acts, policies, or practices and whose acts, policies, or practices have the greatest adverse impact (actual or potential) on relevant U.S. products are to be identified as Priority Foreign Countries. In addition, USTR has created a ‘‘Priority Watch List’’ and a ‘‘Watch List’’ under Special 301 provisions. Placement of a trading partner on the Priority Watch List or Watch List indicates that particular problems exist in that country with respect to IPR protection, enforcement, or market access for persons relying on intellectual property. In the 2014 Special 301 Report, USTR placed India on the Priority Watch List and noted that it would conduct an OCR of India focusing in particular on assessing progress made in establishing and building effective, meaningful, and constructive engagement with the Government of India on IPR issues of concern. An OCR is a tool that USTR uses to encourage progress on IPR issues of concern and can provide an opportunity for heightened engagement with a trading partner to address and remedy such issues. 2. Written Comments a. Requirements for Written Comments To facilitate the review, written comments should be as detailed as possible and provide information and views relevant to assessing the quality of the Government of India’s engagement on IPR issues of concern, in particular those issues identified in the 2014 Special 301 Report, including ideas on how the U.S. and Indian governments can enhance bilateral engagement, recommendations regarding the focus of such engagement, as well as the quality of engagement interested parties have experienced with the Government of India on IPR issues. Comments should focus on the time period since issuance of the 2014 Special 301 Report in April. To the extent relevant, USTR requests that comments include specific references to laws, regulations, policy statements, or PO 00000 Frm 00090 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 61685 other measures that should factor in the review and describe engagement interested parties have had with the Government of India on IPR issues of concern. b. Instructions for Submitting Comments Comments must be in English. To ensure the timely receipt and consideration of comments, USTR strongly encourages commenters to submit comments electronically, using the www.regulations.gov Web site. To submit comments via www.regulations.gov, enter Docket Number USTR–2014–0020 on the home page and click ‘‘Search.’’ The site will provide a search-results page listing all documents associated with this docket. Find the reference to this notice and click on the link entitled ‘‘Comment Now!.’’ For further information on using the www.regulations.gov Web site, please consult the resources provided on the site by clicking on ‘‘How to use Regulations.gov’’ at the bottom of the home page under ‘‘Help.’’ The www.regulations.gov Web site allows users to provide comments by filling in a ‘‘Type Comment’’ field, or by attaching a document using an ‘‘Upload File’’ field. USTR prefers that comments be provided in an attached document. If a document is attached, please type ‘‘2014 Out-of-Cycle Review of India’’ in the ‘‘Type Comment’’ field. USTR prefers submissions in Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) format. If the submission is in another file format, please indicate the name of the software application in the ‘‘Type Comment’’ field. File names should reflect the name of the person or entity submitting the comments. Please do not attach separate cover letters to electronic submissions; rather, include any information that might appear in a cover letter in the comments themselves. Similarly, to the extent possible, please include any exhibits, annexes, or other attachments in the same file as the comment itself, rather than submitting them as separate files. A person requesting that information contained in a comment submitted by that person be treated as confidential business information must certify that such information is business confidential and would not customarily be released to the public by the submitter. 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The non-business confidential version will be placed in the docket at www.regulations.gov and be available for public inspection. As noted, USTR strongly urges commenters to submit comments through www.regulations.gov. Any alternative arrangements must be made in advance of transmitting a comment and in advance of the relevant deadline by contacting USTR at Special301@ ustr.eop.gov. 3. Inspection of Comments Comments received will be placed in the docket and open to public inspection pursuant to 15 CFR 2006.13, except business confidential information exempt from public inspection in accordance with 15 CFR 2006.15. Comments may be viewed free of charge by visiting www.regulations.gov and entering Docket Number USTR–2014–0020 in the ‘‘Search’’ field on the home page. Susan F. Wilson, Director for Intellectual Property and Innovation. 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The committee’s charter, drafted in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA), as amended, 5 U.S.C. App. 2, sets forth policies for the operation of the advisory committee and is available on the Department’s Web site at http://www.facadatabase.gov/ committee/charters.aspx?cid= 2448&aid=47. The sixth meeting of the committee is scheduled for Wednesday, October 29, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time in the Media Center at the DOT headquarters, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. At the meeting, the three issues that will be discussed are: (1) The impact of airline mergers and consolidations on consumers and the aviation industry; (2) regulating the use of mobile wireless devices for voice calls on aircraft by DOT; and (3) the impact of governmentimposed taxes and fees on consumers and the aviation industry. 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OFFICE OF THE UNITED STATES TRADE REPRESENTATIVE

[Docket No. USTR-2014-0020]


2014 Special 301 Out-of-Cycle Review of India

AGENCY: Office of the United States Trade Representative.

ACTION: Notice of Request for Public Comments.

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SUMMARY: In the 2014 Special 301 Report, the Office of the United 
States Trade Representative (USTR) announced that, in order to assess 
progress on engagement with the Government of India on intellectual 
property rights (IPR) issues, an Out-of-Cycle Review (OCR) would be 
conducted for India. USTR requests written submissions from the public 
concerning information, views, acts, policies, or practices relevant to 
evaluating the Government of India's engagement on IPR issues of 
concern, in particular those identified in the 2014 Special 301 Report. 
The 2014 Special 301 Report is available at www.ustr.gov.
    Deadlines:
    Friday, October 31, 2014--Deadline for the public, except foreign 
governments, to submit written comments.
    Friday, November 7, 2014--Deadline for foreign governments to 
submit written comments.

ADDRESSES: All written comments should be filed electronically via 
www.regulations.gov, Docket Number USTR-2014-0020, and be consistent 
with the requirements set forth below. Please specify ``2014 Special 
301 Out-of-Cycle Review of India'' in the ``Type Comment'' field.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan Wilson, Director for 
Intellectual Property and Innovation, Office of the United States Trade 
Representative, at Special301@ustr.eop.gov. Information on the Special 
301 Review is available at www.ustr.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

1. Background

    Section 182 of the Trade Act requires USTR to identify countries 
that deny adequate and effective protection of IPR or deny fair and 
equitable market access to U.S. persons who rely on intellectual 
property protection. The provisions of Section 182 are commonly 
referred to as the ``Special 301'' provisions of the Trade Act.
    Those countries that have the most onerous or egregious acts, 
policies, or practices and whose acts, policies, or practices have the 
greatest adverse impact (actual or potential) on relevant U.S. products 
are to be identified as Priority Foreign Countries. In addition, USTR 
has created a ``Priority Watch List'' and a ``Watch List'' under 
Special 301 provisions. Placement of a trading partner on the Priority 
Watch List or Watch List indicates that particular problems exist in 
that country with respect to IPR protection, enforcement, or market 
access for persons relying on intellectual property.
    In the 2014 Special 301 Report, USTR placed India on the Priority 
Watch List and noted that it would conduct an OCR of India focusing in 
particular on assessing progress made in establishing and building 
effective, meaningful, and constructive engagement with the Government 
of India on IPR issues of concern. An OCR is a tool that USTR uses to 
encourage progress on IPR issues of concern and can provide an 
opportunity for heightened engagement with a trading partner to address 
and remedy such issues.

2. Written Comments

a. Requirements for Written Comments

    To facilitate the review, written comments should be as detailed as 
possible and provide information and views relevant to assessing the 
quality of the Government of India's engagement on IPR issues of 
concern, in particular those issues identified in the 2014 Special 301 
Report, including ideas on how the U.S. and Indian governments can 
enhance bilateral engagement, recommendations regarding the focus of 
such engagement, as well as the quality of engagement interested 
parties have experienced with the Government of India on IPR issues. 
Comments should focus on the time period since issuance of the 2014 
Special 301 Report in April. To the extent relevant, USTR requests that 
comments include specific references to laws, regulations, policy 
statements, or other measures that should factor in the review and 
describe engagement interested parties have had with the Government of 
India on IPR issues of concern.

b. Instructions for Submitting Comments

    Comments must be in English. To ensure the timely receipt and 
consideration of comments, USTR strongly encourages commenters to 
submit comments electronically, using the www.regulations.gov Web site. 
To submit comments via www.regulations.gov, enter Docket Number USTR-
2014-0020 on the home page and click ``Search.'' The site will provide 
a search-results page listing all documents associated with this 
docket. Find the reference to this notice and click on the link 
entitled ``Comment Now!.'' For further information on using the 
www.regulations.gov Web site, please consult the resources provided on 
the site by clicking on ``How to use Regulations.gov'' at the bottom of 
the home page under ``Help.''
    The www.regulations.gov Web site allows users to provide comments 
by filling in a ``Type Comment'' field, or by attaching a document 
using an ``Upload File'' field. USTR prefers that comments be provided 
in an attached document. If a document is attached, please type ``2014 
Out-of-Cycle Review of India'' in the ``Type Comment'' field. USTR 
prefers submissions in Microsoft Word (.doc) or Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) 
format. If the submission is in another file format, please indicate 
the name of the software application in the ``Type Comment'' field. 
File names should reflect the name of the person or entity submitting 
the comments. Please do not attach separate cover letters to electronic 
submissions; rather, include any information that might appear in a 
cover letter in the comments themselves. Similarly, to the extent 
possible, please include any exhibits, annexes, or other attachments in 
the same file as the comment itself, rather than submitting them as 
separate files.
    A person requesting that information contained in a comment 
submitted by that person be treated as confidential business 
information must certify that such information is business confidential 
and would not customarily be released to the public by the submitter. 
In the document, confidential business information must clearly be 
designated as such; the submission must be marked ``BUSINESS 
CONFIDENTIAL'' on the cover page and each succeeding page, and the 
submission should clearly indicate, via brackets, highlighting, or 
other means, the specific information that is business

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confidential. Additionally, the submitter should type ``Business 
Confidential 2014 Out-of-Cycle Review of India'' in the ``Type 
Comment'' field. Anyone submitting a comment containing business 
confidential information must also submit, as a separate submission, a 
non-business confidential version of the submission, indicating where 
the business confidential information has been redacted. The filenames 
of both documents should reflect their status--``BC'' for the business 
confidential version and ``P'' for the public version. The non-business 
confidential version will be placed in the docket at 
www.regulations.gov and be available for public inspection.
    As noted, USTR strongly urges commenters to submit comments through 
www.regulations.gov. Any alternative arrangements must be made in 
advance of transmitting a comment and in advance of the relevant 
deadline by contacting USTR at Special301@ustr.eop.gov.

3. Inspection of Comments

    Comments received will be placed in the docket and open to public 
inspection pursuant to 15 CFR 2006.13, except business confidential 
information exempt from public inspection in accordance with 15 CFR 
2006.15. Comments may be viewed free of charge by visiting 
www.regulations.gov and entering Docket Number USTR-2014-0020 in the 
``Search'' field on the home page.

Susan F. Wilson,
Director for Intellectual Property and Innovation.
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