The United States has put Ukraine on its Priority Watch List of countries failing to properly protect intellectual property rights.

Washington says it is seriously concerned with counterfeiting and rampant piracy in Ukraine, including Internet piracy, Voice of America reports.

Ukraine joins 12 other countries that officials say will be under particularly intense bilateral engagement during 2012. The other nations cited are Algeria, Argentina, Canada, Chile, China, India, Indonesia, Israel, Pakistan, Russia, Thailand, and Venezuela.

According to the report, Ukraine made "minimal progress" in implementing its 2010 IPR action plan commitments, including addressing the government’s use of unlicensed software, amending the copyright law, and increasing IPR enforcement. Ukraine has also done little to address counterfeiting and piracy, and in some cases took steps backwards.


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