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

Mr. Martin Glass (Hong Kong, China)
330. The Chairman recalled that, at its meeting in February 2003, the Council had adopted a decision on the "Implementation of Article 66.2 of the TRIPS Agreement". Paragraph 1 of the Decision provided that developed country Members should submit reports annually on actions taken or planned in pursuance of their commitments under Article 66.2. To this end, they were to provide new detailed reports every third year and, in the intervening years, provide updates to their most recent reports. These reports were to be submitted prior to the last Council meeting scheduled for the year in question. He said that the third set of detailed annual reports under the Decision had been presented to the Council's meeting in October 2009. At its meeting in June 2010, the Council had requested developed country Members to submit a first set of updates to these reports for the present meeting. The Secretariat had issued on 28 July an airgram (WTO/AIR/3595) to remind developed country Members of this request. 331. The Council had received updates to the third set of detailed annual reports from the following developed country Members: Norway; Australia; Switzerland; Japan; New Zealand; the United States; and Canada. This documentation was being circulated in document IP/C/W/551 and addenda. 332. As regards the purpose and conduct of the review of this information, he recalled that paragraph 2 of the Decision on the Implementation of Article 66.2 of the TRIPS Agreement explained that the annual review meetings should provide Members with an opportunity to pose questions in relation to the information submitted and request additional information; discuss the effectiveness of the incentives provided in promoting and encouraging technology transfer to least developed country Members in order to enable them to create a sound and viable technological base; and consider any points relating to the operation of the reporting procedure established by the Decision. 333. Since some of the information had only been received very recently and most of it was available only in its original language, he said that he intended to provide an opportunity at the next meeting for Members to make further comments on the information submitted for the present meeting that they might not yet have been able to study, and on any further information that might be provided before the next meeting. 334. He informed the Council that, for the third year in a row, the Secretariat had organized, at the request by LDC Members, a workshop on transfer of technology under Article 66.2 back-to-back with the Council's end-of-year meeting. This time, the workshop had been held in the afternoon of the previous day. It had again brought together LDC and developed country experts to discuss this matter at a very practical level, building on the earlier workshops in 2008 and 2009. There had been a constructive exchange of views that had been useful to both LDC and developed country delegations.