3.1 Review of the National Implementing Legislation of Kazakhstan
11. The Chairperson recalled that Kazakhstan had agreed to apply the provisions of the TRIPS Agreement, as of the date of its accession to the WTO (i.e., 30 November 2015), without recourse to any transitional periods. In line with its accession commitments, Kazakhstan had notified a comprehensive set of laws and regulations implementing the TRIPS Agreement, including the Law on Copyright and Related Rights, the Law on Trademarks, Service Marks and Appellations of Origin of Goods and the Patent Law. These laws had been made available to Members in the document series IP/N/1. In addition, Kazakhstan had notified its contact point under Article 69 of the TRIPS Agreement.1
12. The Council had started the review at its meeting in June 2016. Questions posed by Switzerland in December 20162, and the replies by Kazakhstan submitted in February 20173, had been already circulated. At the Council’s meeting in March 2017, Kazakhstan had explained the structure of its domestic legislation in areas covered by the TRIPS Agreement and reported on legislative developments regarding its IPR regime. However, since Kazakhstan had yet to respond to the Checklist of Issues on Enforcement, and the United States had also wished to raise additional questions on the amended Copyright Law, the Council had agreed to continue the review. The questions by the United States4 and the replies submitted by Kazakhstan5 had been circulated since then. Kazakhstan had also responded to the Checklist of Issues on Enforcement.6
13. The representatives of Kazakhstan and the United States took the floor.
14. Since there were no follow-up questions, the Chairperson proposed that the Council remove the review of Kazakhstan's implementing legislation from the agenda. Delegations could revert to any matter stemming from this review, at any time.
15. The Council took note of the statements made and agreed to remove the review of implementing legislation of Kazakhstan from the agenda.