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

Ambassador Yonov Agah (Nigeria)
1. The Chairman informed the Council that, since its meeting in October 2007, Viet Nam had made its initial notification of its laws and regulations and had provided responses to the Checklist of Issues on Enforcement. In addition, 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. Canada had notified an Act respecting the protection of marks related to the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games and on related matters; Mauritius had provided a complete update of its notification of laws and regulations; Tunisia had notified a Law on appellations of origin, geographical indications and indications of the provenance of handicraft products; Hong Kong, China had notified a Patents (amendment) Ordinance 2007; Armenia had notified a new Law on Copyright and Related Rights, a new Law on Patents, and amendments to the Law on Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin; Moldova had notified a consolidated text of its Penal Code; and the Czech Republic had notified a consolidated version of its Copyright Act and a related decree. These notifications were being circulated in the IP/N/1/- series of documents. 2. 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 this context, 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.