402. Canada thanks South Africa for circulating document IP/C/W/665 on the topic of intellectual property and the 1998 Work Programme on Electronic Commerce.
403. Canada takes note of the 1998 mandate of the Work Programme, as outlined in document WT/L/274, which identified TRIPS as one of several relevant bodies to examine the traderelated aspects of e-commerce. As directed by ministers in that document, the TRIPS Council shall examine and report on IP issues arising in connection with e-commerce, including: protection and enforcement of copyright and related rights; protection and enforcement of trademarks; and new technologies and access to technology.
404. As Members of this Council may recall, in May 2016, Canada proposed, under document IP/C/W/613, an exchange of national experiences in these areas, with a view to informing our respective policy efforts at the intersection between IP and e-commerce, and to help Members understand emerging developments in this area.
405. As e-commerce continues to rapidly develop internationally, with implications for IP protection and enforcement, and pursuant to ministerial direction on this topic, Canada remains open to sharing national experiences in these areas.
406. We take note of the specific IP topics set out in the 1998 Work Programme, and would encourage an exchange of national experiences in these areas. For instance, in 2017, Canada presented on an innovative law enforcement initiative on e-commerce and trademark rights, entitled "Project Chargeback", and would similarly be pleased to share its experiences on the other IP topics contemplated by ministers at a future session.
407. Given that these topics often involve coordination across domestic government ministries, we would also encourage that topics for discussion be notified in advance of TRIPS Council meetings, to facilitate our engagement and sharing of national experiences on these important issues.