BRICs score lowest on intellectual property protection -index

Tue Dec 11, 2012 9:30am EST
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* Report intended as tool to help U.S. trade officials

* Russia's record at home at odds with international pledges

* Report also examines several countries in TPP talks

* U.S., Britain rated best for copyright protection

By Doug Palmer

WASHINGTON, Dec 11 (Reuters) - The four members of so-called BRIC group of emerging economies - Brazil, Russia, India and China - have one more thing in common: they received the worst scores for protecting copyrights, patents and other intellectual property in a new index released on Tuesday by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The index prepared for the group's Global Intellectual Property Center scored 11 countries on a point scale from zero to 25, with the United States receiving the highest overall tally of 23.73 and Britain coming in second at 22.40.

India was last with 6.24 points, reflecting its low scores in each of the five categories examined by Pugatch Consilium, an international research and analysis firm that specializes in the knowledge economy. China was tenth with a score of 9.13, below Brazil with 9.57 points and Russia with 11.17.

The new index is intended as a tool for U.S. policymakers to push for tough protections of U.S. copyrights, patents and trade secrets in free trade agreements and other international talks.   Continued...