Welcome to the e-TRIPS section on the Information for Review of the provisions of Art. 27.3(b)

At its meeting in December 1998, the TRIPS Council agreed to initiate the review of the provisions of TRIPS Article 27.3(b) through an information gathering exercise. The TRIPS Council invited Members that were already under an obligation to apply Article 27.3(b) to provide information on how the matters addressed in these provisions were presently treated in their domestic law. Other Members were invited to provide such information on a best-endeavours basis. While it would be left to each Member to provide information as it would see fit, the Secretariat provided an illustrative list of questions in order to assist Members to prepare their contributions (document IP/C/W/122). Meanwhile, certain Members developed another illustrative list of questions (document IP/C/W/126) and invited interested Members to submit responses, if they so desire.

The options below allow you to search the database of responses to the illustrative lists of questions for the review of the implementation of Art. 27.3(b), which deals with patentability or non-patentability of plant and animal inventions, and the protection of plant varieties. In particular, you can: (i) search, retrieve and download relevant documents; (ii) extract information of interest and generate customized reports; (iii) consult graphs and charts; and (iv) browse the list of Members having submitted relevant documents.