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Ambassador Eduardo Pérez Motta (Mexico)
United States of America
C.ii (ii) Extension of the transition period provided for in paragraph 7 of the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health
204. The representative of the United States said that he fully supported the Secretariat's draft decision on the extension of the transition period. He equally supported a waiver of obligations under Article 70.9 for the reasons that had already been laid out. He joined Switzerland and the European Communities in asking what the concern associated with Article 70.8 was, given that it merely required Members to provide an opportunity for patent applications to be filed and that those applications be assigned a filing date for patent grants after 2016. Further consideration should be given to whether or not it was necessary or even beneficial to waive the obligations under Article 70.8.