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

H.E. Ambassador Dr. Walter Werner
World Trade Organization

628.   Since the last TRIPS Council Meeting in June, the Trade Policy Reviews of Colombia, Norway, Uruguay, China, Israel, Chinese Taipei and Vanuatu have taken place. We will not attempt to summarize the full range of IP issues covered in each of these reviews. Updates are limited to those matters on which Members, including both developed and developing countries, actively registered an interest by posing questions during the review process. The issues that were of particular interest in this concrete sense included:  copyright and neighbouring rights management;  geographical indications;  protection of well-known and unregistered trademarks in use;  legislative amendments and updates regarding copyrights, trademarks and patents;  patent linkage;  intellectual property protection of medical and pharmaceutical inventions;  protection of undisclosed information and trade secrets;  protection of domain names;  identification of owners of traditional knowledge or cultural expressions;  relationship of IP with e-commerce and competition policy;  national strategies to foster innovation and economic growth;  enforcement of IPRs, civil remedies, criminal penalties online and at the border;  customs intelligence and cooperation with neighbouring countries;  commercialization and trade of IPRs; and  Accession to WIPO Conventions. 629.   Additionally, we have contributed to the TRIPS-related section for the forthcoming G20 and WTO-wide Director-General's Monitoring Reports. The contribution highlights certain trade-related IP policy initiatives undertaken by Canada, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Republic of Moldova, and South Africa.

The Council took note of the statements made.
58.   The Chair invited the Secretariat to report on IP-related issues that had been considered in the context of individual Members' trade policy reviews.
59.   The representative of the Secretariat took the floor.
60.   The Council took note of the statements made.
IP/C/M/90, IP/C/M/90/Add.1