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

Ambassador Yonov Agah (Nigeria)
10. The Chairman informed the Council that, since its meeting in June 2007, it had received a number of supplements and updates to earlier notifications of laws and regulations notified under Article 63.2 of the Agreement. Morocco had notified new laws and regulations concerning copyright and related rights, industrial property and border enforcement; Albania had notified its laws on the accession to the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants, the Hague Agreement, the Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement and the Strasbourg Agreement, as well as an amendment to its Industrial Property Law; Hong Kong, China had notified an amendment to a copyright ordinance; Tunisia had notified amendments to its Trademark Law; Japan had notified consolidated texts of its Trademark, Designs and Patent Acts, including its latest amendments made in 2005 and 2006, as well as their implementing regulations; and Canada had notified an amendment to its Criminal Code that dealt with unauthorized recording of a film in a theatre. These notifications were being circulated in the IP/N/1/- series of documents. In addition, Slovenia had provided revised responses to the Checklist of Issues on Enforcement. These responses were available as an advance copy of document IP/N/6/SVN/1/Rev.1. 11. 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 TRIPS and Public Health and who had not yet notified such changes to the Council to do so. 12. Regarding notifications of contact points under Article 69, since the meeting in June, updates to contact points notified earlier had been received from Bangladesh and the Kyrgyz Republic. These notifications were being circulated in an addendum to document IP/N/3/Rev.9.