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

H.E. Ambassador Dr. Walter Werner

278.   The delegation of Japan would like to briefly describe this year's report on Japan's technical cooperation (IP/C/W/647/Add.3). The report consists of the main body and its annex. The main body highlights recent technical activities, while the annex lists the details of each activity. 279.   This report categorizes cooperative activities into four areas, namely, industrial property, copyright, plant varieties, and border measures. 280.   When it comes to industrial property, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) organized 21 training courses for both Government officials and the private sector in FY2017. More than 300 people attended in total. Moreover, based on the JPO's long history of conducting training courses, alumni associations have been established in the trainees' home countries. The Japan Patent Office continues to support the alumni associations by holding follow-up seminars in Asian countries. 281.   Turning now to copyrights, in FY2017, the Japan Copyright Office, with the support of the WIPO, held seminars where around 100 people attended. 282.   Moreover, Japan provided technical cooperation to developing and least-developed country Members on the protection of plant varieties and border measures. 283.   Japan will continue to make its utmost efforts to fulfil its obligation under Article 67 TRIPS.

The Council took note of the statements made and agreed to revert to the matter at its next meeting.
44.   The Chair recalled that in June 2018, the Council had agreed to hold the annual review of technical cooperation at the November meeting. Developed country Members had been requested to update information on their technical and financial cooperation activities relevant to the implementation of the TRIPS Agreement. Other Members who also made available technical cooperation were encouraged to share information on these activities. The Secretariat had issued an airgram on 5 July 2018 reminding Members of this request. Intergovernmental organizations observers to the Council and the Secretariat had also been invited to provide information.
45.   The Council had received information from the following developed country Members: United States of America, Switzerland, Australia, Japan and Canada. Their reports had been circulated in document IP/C/W/647 and addenda. Shortly before the meeting, the Council had also received the reports from New Zealand, as well as from the European Union and some of its member States, namely Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden. Advance copies of both reports had been made available as room documents on documents online and would also be circulated as addenda to document IP/C/W/647.
46.   The following intergovernmental organizations had also submitted updated information: the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), World Health Organization (WHO), World Customs Organization (WCO), African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Their reports had been circulated in document IP/C/W/644/Rev.1 and addenda. Since the circulation of the revised draft agenda, information had also been received from UPOV, which would be made available shortly.
47.   Updated information on the Secretariat's own technical cooperation activities in the TRIPS area could be found in document IP/C/W/645.
48.   The representatives from Canada, Australia, Japan, the United States of America, Norway, the European Union, the Secretariat, the WHO, the GCC, UNCTAD, WIPO and ARIPO took the floor.
49.   The Council took note of the statements made and agreed to revert to the matter at its next meeting.
IP/C/M/90, IP/C/M/90/Add.1