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Ambassador C. Trevor Clarke (Barbados)
3. The Chairman informed the Council that, since its meeting in March, the Council had received a number of supplements and updates to earlier notifications of laws and regulations notified under Article 63.2 of the Agreement. Finland had provided a complete update to its notification of laws and regulations, including its responses to the Checklist of Issues on Enforcement; Japan had notified an updated text of the Japanese Patent Law and certain other regulations; the Kyrgyz Republic had notified a number of main dedicated and other intellectual property laws and regulations; Qatar had notified its laws on trade secrets and layout-designs of integrated circuits; and Sweden had notified amendments to its International Copyright Regulation. The European Communities had notified a regulation on compulsory licensing of patents relating to the manufacture of pharmaceutical products for export to countries with public health problems. 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. In particular, he reminded those Members who had made any changes to their laws and/or regulations to implement the decision on "Implementation of Paragraph 6 of the Doha Declaration on the TRIPS Agreement and Public Health" and who had not yet notified such changes to the Council to do so. 4. With regard to notifications of contact points under Article 69, he said that, since the Council's meeting in March, an update to a contact point notified earlier had been received from Slovenia. This notification had been circulated in document IP/N/3/Rev.9/Add.2. To date, 121 Members had notified contact points under Article 69.