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

Ambassador Yonov Agah (Nigeria)
Adoption of the agenda
2. The representative of Brazil said that the title of the Japanese submission "Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (Part III of the Agreement) – Communication from Japan" was not adequate as it did not reflect the content of the submission. As the document contained information on border measures taken by the Japanese Government, and governments did not themselves enforce IPRs, the document did not actually deal with enforcement. Intellectual property rights were private rights and were enforced by the owners or holders of these rights and not governments. His delegation had a reservation regarding the inclusion of item M in the agenda and with the practice of certain countries to coordinate positions and alternate in presenting submissions on this issue, in order to create an impression of permanence of this item on the agenda. His delegation did not agree with this practice and maintained that enforcement was not a permanent item on the Council's agenda.