Implications of US sanctions for rights holders

By E Martín Enriquez

The United States maintains various economic sanctions around the world, which can directly affect rights holders. Rights holders may also be affected when they do business with Arab League countries that maintain the boycott against Israel.

Worldwide marketing has become commonplace in our global economy, elevating the importance of IP protection around the world. The United States maintains various levels of economic sanctions against a number of countries, regions, individuals, organisations and entities, which can directly affect rights holders. This article provides an overview of the state of US economic sanctions and the impact this is having on IP rights in the targeted countries, as well as the state of the Israel boycott among Arab League countries and how this is affecting IP rights. The information set out in this article is based on information publicly available at the time of writing, primarily from the Office of the US Trade Representative, the US Department of Commerce and the US Department of the Treasury.

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