The United States has initiated an investigation against Ukraine on intellectual property rights, reads a statement posted on the official USTR website, Ukrinform reports.

It is noted that the Special 301 Report identified critical problems in Ukraine's intellectual property rights (IPR) regime with respect to government use of pirated software, piracy over the Internet, and non-transparent and unfair administration and operation of copyright collecting societies.

“The United States has identified serious concerns with Ukraine's treatment of intellectual property rights, as described in our Special 301 Report. We will consult with the Government of Ukraine on the practices that led us to initiate this investigation.” said Ambassador Sapiro.

Also, as part of this investigation, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative will receive comments from interested stakeholders and will hold a public hearing on July 18.

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