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Office of the United States Trade Representative
Agency overview
Formed 1962
Preceding agency Office of the Special Trade Representative
Headquarters Winder Building 600 17th St. NW Washington, D.C.
Employees 200
Agency executives Ron Kirk, Ambassador
Peter Allgeier, Deputy Ambassador
Demetrios Marantis, Deputy Ambassador
Parent agency Executive Office of the President of the United States
     Priority Watch List      Watch List      Section 306 Monitoring

The Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) is the United States government agency responsible for developing and recommending United States trade policy to the President of the United States, conducting trade negotiations at bilateral and multilateral levels, and coordinating trade policy within the government through the interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee (TPSC) and Trade Policy Review Group (TPRG).

Established as the Office of the Special Trade Representative (STR) under the Trade Expansion Act of 1962, the USTR is part of the Executive Office of the President. With over 200 employees, the USTR has offices in Geneva, Switzerland, and Brussels, Belgium. The current United States Trade Representative is Ron Kirk.



The head of the office holds the title of United States Trade Representative (USTR), which is a Cabinet-level position (though not technically within the Cabinet). The United States Trade Representative and Deputy United States Trade Representatives (DUSTR) carry the title of Ambassador.

Ron Kirk is the current Trade Representative, and Peter Allgeier and Demetrios Marantis are the current Deputy Trade Representatives.

The Special 301 Report

Since the enactment of Section 182 of the Trade Act of 1974, the USTR has played a key role in the expansion of intellectual property laws worldwide, and monitored efforts by other governments to protect IP rights.

The Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 created the Special 301 mechanism[1] , the USTR issues an annual Special 301 Report which "examines in detail the adequacy and effectiveness of intellectual property rights" in many countries around the world. Countries may be designated in the categories of Priority Watch List, Watch List, and/or Section 306 Monitoring status.

The Report also regularly attacks price controls that distort and damage free market incentives for the creation of intellectual property, particularly in the area of pharmaceuticals.

Most countries included in the Priority Watch List and Watch List between 1996 and 2000 where requested by Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America or International Intellectual Property Alliance.[2]

List of United States Trade Representatives

Image Trade Representative From To Appointed by
ChristianHerterSoS.jpg Christian Herter 1962 1966 John F. Kennedy
William M. Roth 1967 1969 Lyndon B. Johnson
Carl J. Gilbert 1969 1971 Richard Nixon
William D. Eberle 1971 1975 Richard Nixon
FrederickBailyDent.jpg Frederick B. Dent 1975 1977 Gerald Ford
RobertStrauss.jpg Robert S. Strauss 1977 1979 Jimmy Carter
Reubin Askew 1979 1981 Jimmy Carter
Bill brock.jpg Bill Brock 1981 1985 Ronald Reagan
Clayton Keith Yeutter, 1990-04-24.jpg Clayton K. Yeutter 1985 1989 Ronald Reagan
U.S. Trade Representative Carla A. Hills, at the initialing ceremony for the North American Free Trade Agreement in San Antonio, TX, October 7..jpg Carla A. Hills 1989 1993 George H. W. Bush
MichaelKantor.jpg Mickey Kantor 1993 1997 Bill Clinton
Charlene Barshefsky 1997 2001 Bill Clinton
Zoellick, Robert (official portrait 2008).jpg Robert Zoellick 2001 2005 George W. Bush
Rob Portman official photo.jpg Rob Portman 2005 2006 George W. Bush
Susan Schwab, USTR official photo.jpg Susan Schwab 2006 2009 George W. Bush
Ron Kirk official portrait.jpg Ron Kirk 2009 present Barack Obama

See also


  1. ^ Drahos, Peter; Braithwaite, John (2002). "Chronology of key events". Information feudalism: who owns the knowledge economy?. Earthscan. p. xiii. ISBN 1853839175. "The Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 creates de Special 301 mechanism and makes improved intellectual property a priority in US trade policy"  
  2. ^ Sell, Susan K. (2003), Private Power, Public Law, Cambridge University Press, pp. 126-129  

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