Technical Cooperation Activities under TRIPS Art. 67. - View details of the document

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
At its meeting of 9-10 June 2015, the Council for TRIPS agreed to invite intergovernmental organization observers to the Council to update the information on their technical and financial cooperation programmes relating to the implementation of the TRIPS Agreement. The present document reproduces the information which has been received from World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) by means of a communication dated 14 October 2015. _______________ 1.1. The present note has been prepared by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), pursuant to the invitation of the Chair of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Council for TRIPS of 3 July 2015, to provide updated information on its technical, legal and financial cooperation programs relevant to the implementation of the TRIPS Agreement for the meeting of the Council for TRIPS scheduled for 15 and 16 October 2015. 1.2. TRIPS-related legal assistance and technical cooperation activities and programs managed by WIPO fall within the framework of the provisions of the Agreement between WIPO and WTO which entered into force on 1 January 1996. Since then, WIPO has responded to requests received from developing countries and least developed countries (LDCs) by providing extensive legal and technical assistance. It is recalled that the WIPO-WTO Agreement was later complemented by two joint initiatives launched by the Directors General of the two Organizations in July 1998 and in June 2001, respectively. These initiatives further reinforced the commitment of the two organizations to provide necessary advice and assistance to developing countries and LDCs relating to the implementation of the TRIPS Agreement. 1.3. In the period October 2014 to September 2015, WIPO has continued to provide legal-technical assistance to developing countries and LDCs in support of their efforts in implementing obligations deriving from the TRIPS Agreement and within the context of WIPO’s Results Framework as approved by WIPO Member States. WIPO, therefore, continued to assist countries in developing and implementing strategies and policies aimed at creating, protecting, managing and exploiting IP for economic, social and cultural development. WIPO also strengthened its assistance to help countries in integrating IP into overall national development and public policy in areas such as health, trade, education, research, technology transfer and competition policies, including advising countries on the flexibilities available under international IP treaties, and in particular the TRIPS Agreement. 1.4. WIPO Lex, a global database of IP legislation administered by the Organization (http://www.wipo.int/wipolex/en/), has become a world reference source for IP information containing a remarkable collection of IP laws, regulations and treaties of 196 countries of the world. The database functions in the six official languages of the UN, over 13,000 legal documents are freely available to its audience. Most of the original versions of the legal texts are available with 81 national languages featured in the database. WIPO Lex has a rapidly expanding audience, reaching 1.5 million users annually from every continent and country in the world. It also displays key information concerning the laws and treaties it holds, providing appropriate inputs on the international IP System. Developed also for the benefit of TRIPS implementation, it is yet another instrument of legal assistance on intellectual property matters. 1.5. Appendix I provides a list of the relevant activities undertaken by WIPO in the period October 2014 to September 2015. This information is also publicly available on the WIPO IP Technical Assistance Database (IP-TAD) at the following link: (http://www.wipo.int/tad/en/) and in the WIPO Country Profiles (http://www.wipo.int/directory/en/).
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