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Cablegate: Ecuador 2007 Special 301 Update

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USTR FOR JENNIFER CHOE GROVES
STATE FOR EB/TPP/IPE JENNIFER BOGER

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KIPR ETRD ECON EC

SUBJECT: ECUADOR 2007 SPECIAL 301 UPDATE

REF: QUITO 404

1. (SBU) This is an update to post's submission on Ecuador for the
Special 301 review (reftel). The head of the Ecuadorian
Intellectual Property Institute (IEPI), Cesar Davila, had reported
that the GOE's proposed 2007 budget included funds to establish
specialized IP courts (as required by Ecuador's 1998 intellectual
property law). He also noted the funds would most likely be used to
create tribunals in the major cities of Quito, Guayaquil, and
Cuenca. However, post has since discovered that the council that
would create these specialized courts did not receive its full
budget request and will likely not have the funds to create said
courts.

2. (SBU) The Consejo de la Juridicatura is the office that would be
responsible for setting up specialized IP courts in Ecuador. It
reportedly requested USD 336 million for its 2007 budget. However,
in the end it only received USD 136 million for the 2007 budget, a
mere three percent increase from the previous year that will largely
be eaten up by inflation adjustments to salaries. In a meeting with
post's commercial attache, Executive Director of the Consejo Olmedo
Castro explained that the Consejo's first level priorities (in order
of importance) are family courts, labor courts, and further training
for judges in oral administration (required by the Constitution but
not yet fully implemented). IPR courts, while important, fall into
the second level of priorities, and with such a small budget
increase Castro lamented that he does not expect to have enough
money to even cover the Consejo's first level priorities.

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