State Dept. Doubts UN Agency Violated Trade Sanctions

Law360, New York (July 24, 2012, 10:24 PM EDT) -- The U.S. State Department said Tuesday that it didn't believe the United Nations' World Intellectual Property Organization had violated trade sanctions when it allegedly allowed the transfer of banned technology to Iran and North Korea.

State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters Tuesday that the department's preliminary assessment had found WIPO likely hadn't violated trade sanctions through its technical assistance programs, which help patent and trademark offices around the world process intellectual property applications.

Recent investigations had found that WIPO had provided information technology equipment to...
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