Minutes - TRIPS Council - View details of the intervention/statement

Ambassador Choi Hyuck (Korea)
1. The Chairman informed the Council that, since its meeting in March 2005, it had received a notification of laws and regulations from Papua New Guinea. Among the Members whose transitional periods under Article 65.2 or 65.3 had expired on 1 January 2000 or who had acceded to the WTO after that date, excluding newly acceded least-developed country Members, there still remained two who had not yet submitted any notification concerning their implementing legislation, namely Saint Kitts and Nevis; and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. The Council had also received a number of supplements and updates to earlier notifications of laws and regulations. Belize had notified three administrative instructions relating to trademarks, patents and industrial designs, and provided a list of certain relevant "other laws"; Germany had notified a Law Reforming the Law Concerning Industrial Designs; India had notified its Patent (Amendment) Act, 2005, its Patent Rules of 2003 and 2005, as well as Government Notifications containing a list of convention countries and authorized depository institutions; and Canada had notified its legislation and regulations to implement paragraph 6 of the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health. These notifications were being circulated in the IP/N/1/- series of documents. He urged those Members whose initial notifications remained incomplete to submit the outstanding material without delay, and reminded other Members of their obligation to notify any subsequent amendments of their laws and regulations without delay after their entry into force. 2. He said that the Council had received notifications concerning the implementation of the Decision on the Implementation of Paragraph 6 of the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health from Norway, at its meeting in September 2004, and now from Canada and India. He reminded other Members that might have adopted laws or regulations to implement this Decision to notify such measures to the Council. 3. As regards notifications of contact points under Article 69, he said that, since the Council's meeting in March, updates to contact points notified earlier had been received from Paraguay, Turkey and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. These notifications were being circulated in addenda to document IP/N/3/Rev.8. There were now 121 Members who had notified contact points under Article 69.