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

Ambassador Federico A. González (Paraguay) (24-25 October) and Mr. Martin Glass (Hong Kong, China) (17 November)
5. The representative of India questioned the need for the inclusion of item O on the agenda at the last moment. If some Members wished to inform about the recent developments in this area, they could do so under item S on "Other Business," or it might be appropriate to make a notification under Article 63 so that the compatibility of the measures with the rights and obligations under the TRIPS Agreement could be scrutinized. He said that the proponents had systemically attempted over eight successive Council meetings from June 2005 to October 2007 to raise the enforcement issue, trying to create an impression that it was a permanent agenda item. During those meetings, enforcement had been taken up as an isolated issue, instead of treating enforcement as a part of the implementation of the TRIPS Agreement as a whole. He asked them to clarify whether the item was intended to be a standing or a one-time agenda item.