• (1) IN GENERAL.—Subject to paragraph (2), in designating the United States embassies or diplomatic missions where attach´es will be assigned under subsection (b), the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Commerce shall give priority to countries where the activities of an attach´e are likely to achieve the greatest potential benefit in reducing intellectual property infringement in the United States market, to advance the intellectual property rights of United States persons and their licensees, and to advance the interests of United States persons who may otherwise be harmed by violations of intellectual property rights in those countries.
  • (2) ASSIGNMENTS TO PRIORITY COUNTRIES.— In carrying out paragraph (1), the Secretary of State and the Secretary of Commerce shall consider assigning intellectual property attach´es—
    • (A) to the countries that have been identified under section 182(a)(1) of the Trade Act of 1974 (19 U.S.C. 2242(a)(1)); and
    • (B) to countries of critical economic importance to the advancement of United States intellectual property rights and interests.


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