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WT/DS186 - Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930 and amendments thereto

Last update: 24/11/2003

  • Complaint by: EU
  • Complaint against: United States
  • Third parties:
    Canada - Japan
Summary of case:

Under Section 337, the US can investigate whether imported goods infringe US intellectual property rights and can exclude them from entry into the US. In 1989, a GATT panel found that important aspects of Section 337 violated national treatment obligations. Section 337 was partially amended in 1994. EC considers that the procedures and remedies under Section 337 are still substantially different from internal procedures concerning domestic goods and discriminate against European industries and goods.

Relevant WTO provision:

TRIPS (2, 3, 9, 27, 41, 42, 49, 50, 51)

Current situation:

WTO consultations held on 21 Feb. 2000. Pending.


Date of request: 12/01/2000

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