USTR schedule for Special 301 hearing on March 8, 2018.

USTR just sent out the schedule for the Special 301 hearing on March 8, 2018. 21 trade associations, civil society NGOs and academies will testify. Everyone is given 10 minutes, including questions, but persons testifying can provide additional materials to the Special 301 committee. For “full consideration” those comments have to be filed by March 14, 2018.

March 8, 2018 – 10:00am – 3:10pm
Office of the United States Trade Representative
1724 F Street, NW Rooms 1 and 2
Washington, DC 20508

The Special 301 Hearing is open to the public. All participants and attendees will be requested to present a government-issued photo ID to enter the hearing room. Please allow at least 20 minutes for security processing. Members of the press are welcome to attend.

Format: Each party will appear for a maximum of ten (10) minutes. Parties are allotted a maximum of five (5) minutes for prepared statements. Five (5) minutes are reserved for questions presented by the Special 301 Committee.


10:00-10:10 – Opening Remarks – Office of the United States Trade Representative
10:10-10:20 – Government of Bulgaria

10:20-10:30 – Government of Ukraine

10:30-10:40 – ACT | The App Association
10:40-10:50 – Alliance for Fair Trade with India (AFTI)
10:50-11:00 – American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA)
11:00-11:10 – ACTION for Trade
11:10-11:20 – Biotechnology Innovation Organization (BIO)
11:20-11:30 – BSA | The Software Alliance
11:30-11:40 – China Chamber of International Commerce
11:40-11:50 – Computer & Communications Industry Association (CCIA)
11:50-12:00 – Consortium for Common Food Names (CCFN)
12:00-12:10 – Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA)
12:10-1:10 – Break
1:10-1:20 – International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA)
1:20-1:30 – Internet Association
1:30-1:40 – Knowledge Ecology International
1:40-1:50 – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)
1:50-2:00 – Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property (PIJIP)
2:00-2:10 – Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)
2:10-2:20 – Public Citizen
2:20-2:30 – Trademark Working Group
2:30-2:40 – Union for Affordable Cancer Treatment
2:40-2:50 – U.S. Chamber of Commerce
2:50-3:00 – U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum
3:00-3:10 – Closing Remarks – Office of the United States Trade Representative

Persons who testify at the hearing may submit supplemental information, including written responses to hearing questions, to be considered by the Special 301 Committee. To receive full consideration, please submit optional supplemental information electronically by midnight on March 14, 2018, via, docket number USTR-2017-0024. Please identify the filing by including the following in the “Type Comment” field: “2018 Special 301 Review – Post-Hearing Submission” and attach your information as instructed in the Federal Register Notice filing instructions.

James Love

James Love is the Director of Knowledge Ecology International. Previously, he was an economist for the Center for Study of Responsive Law where he also directed the Consumer Project on Technology and the Taxpayer Assets Project, Senior Economist for the Frank Russell Corporation, and held lecturer positions at Rutgers and Princeton Universities. His KEI webpage is