The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) has finally removed the Philippines from the Special 301 Watchlist. The Philippines has appeared on the Priority Watchlist continuously since 1994, and was first listed in 1989. “In recent years, the government has enacted a series of significant legislative and regulatory reforms to enhance the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in the Philippines,” said in USTR website. “Philippine authorities have also made laudable civil and administrative enforcement gains. Although significant challenges remain, the commitment of Philippine authorities and the results achieved merit this change in status. “The United States will continue to engage with the Philippines to address unresolved and future challenges,” USTR added in a statement. The Intellectual Property of the Philippines, through Director General Ricardo Blancaflor, congratulated on Wednesday the members of the National Committee on Intellectual Property Rights on the occasion of the removal of the Philippines from the USTR Special 301 Watchlist.