The following communication, dated 20 September 2013, is being circulated at the request of the delegation of Canada.
1. Pursuant to Article 67 of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), the Council for TRIPS requests that developed country Members report on their technical and financial cooperation programmes in favour of developing and least developed country Members. The present document provides an update on Canada's activities concerning technical and financial cooperation in the area of intellectual property in favour of developing and least developed country Members, covering the 2012-2013 period. Canada's 2012 report covering the 2011-2012 period was issued on 23 July 2012 (IP/C/W/573).
2. Canada has undertaken a number of technical cooperation activities at the multilateral, plurilateral and bilateral levels. At the multilateral level, Canada contributes to two WTO funds, namely the WTO Doha Development Agenda Global Trust Fund (DDAGTF) and the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF) and works in close collaboration with the World Intellectual Property Organization. Canada also provides continuing contributions to the World Bank, the Inter American Development Bank, the African Development Bank and the Asian Development Bank, as well as the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Examples of Canada's regional activities include the work undertaken in the context of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Intellectual Property Rights Expert's Group (APEC-IPEG), where Canada participates in the organization's biannual deliberations aimed at sharing information and best practices on intellectual property rights. Canada's bilateral efforts are mainly focused on the Latin American, Caribbean and Asia Pacific regions.
3. The following summary provides an update of these activities, which are mainly administered by the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO), the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD, incorporating the former Canadian International Development Agency) , the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), Health Canada (HC) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Other Canadian institutions, such as the Centre for Trade Policy and Law (CTPL) are also involved in international technical cooperation efforts.