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Cablegate: Czech Republic: Progress On Ipr Action Plan

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P 131624Z APR 07
FM AMEMBASSY PRAGUE
TO RUEHC/SECSTATE WASHDC PRIORITY 8890
INFO RUEHZL/EUROPEAN POLITICAL COLLECTIVE
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STATE FOR EUR/NCE EFICHTE AND EB/IPE JBOGER
STATE PASS USTR FOR JCHOE-GROVES AND WMOORE
COMMERCE FOR 4232/ITA/MAC/MROGERS
COMMERCE PASS USPTO
STATE PASS LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: KIPR ETRD ECON EZ
SUBJECT: CZECH REPUBLIC: PROGRESS ON IPR ACTION PLAN

REF: A. PRAGUE 323

B. PRAGUE 293
C. PRAGUE 274
D. PRAGUE 244
E. PRAGUE 160

1. (SBU) SUMMARY: A/DCM and econoffs met April 13 with Deputy
Minister of Industry and Trade Martin Tlapa and his IPR team
to follow-up on the Ambassador's IPR discussions with
Minister of Industry and Trade (ref B) and the DCM's letter
to Tlapa urging a government action plan to combat piracy.
Tlapa said that since returning from his early March trip to
Washington, he has consulted with the interagency IPR
committee and confirmed that there is a strong will to tackle
IPR problems at the border markets. The interagency
committee will reconvene in mid-May to develop an IPR action
plan under the working theme of "a no tolerance policy" that
focuses on stronger and binding enforcement measures. The
interagency committee is only advisory in nature, so any
action plan will require formal government approval. The
committee plans to present the action plan for the Minister's
approval by end-June and hopes the action plan will be
presented to government for adoption in fall 2007. While
Tlapa was very forthcoming about his ministry's commitment
and responsibilities to combat IPR violations, he explained
that he needs to now spread that commitment across
ministries. He urged the USG to take an objective and
"balanced" approach to assessing the IPR situation in the
Czech Republic. END SUMMARY.

2. (SBU) Ministry of Industry and Trade (MPO) Deputy Minister
Martin Tlapa told A/DCM that IPR protection is a top priority
and committed to developing a Czech IPR action plan, calling
it his "homework" for solving the piracy issue at the open
air markets. Since returning from his March trip to
Washington, Tlapa has confirmed that all departments within
MPO are committed to making IPR protection a top priority.
He also convened on March 28 an interagency IPR committee
(formed five years ago to address USG IPR concerns), which
includes the Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Justice,
Ministry of the Interior, Customs, Czech Trade Inspection and
MPO. All affirmed that they see the need to respond to the
current IPR problem as a "high priority."

3. (SBU) The interagency IPR committee agreed that the focus
must be on a higher standard of binding enforcements. Tlapa
said that current enforcement practices need to be more
efficient to permanently alleviate IPR violations, noting
that raids on market vendors selling pirated articles have
not stopped them from re-selling pirated articles, often
immediately after the police vacate the scene. He explained
that the interagency committee recommendations include: (1) a
revised inspection regime with greater emphasis on vendor
documentation and products; (2) amendments to the Consumer
Protection Act and the Trades Licensing Act that would give
inspectors the authority to make unannounced inspections of
warehouses and other storage facilities without first
acquiring a warrant; (3) removal of licensing exemptions for
foreigners; (4) new rules for regulating open air markets,
such as maintaining an accurate vendor registry.

4. (SBU) The interagency committee will meet again in mid-May
to establish an IPR action plan under the working title of a
"no tolerance policy," which will be presented to Minister
Riman for approval by end-June. If approved, the interagency
committee will move forward on coordination with other
ministries during the summer and anticipates the IPR action
plan to be submitted for GOCR approval by September. Tlapa
pledged transparency on his efforts to establish an effective
IPR action plan and agreed to coordinate closely on its
development and progress. He also expressed interest in
working more closely with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and
U.S. industry groups as the action plan is fleshed out.
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