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

H.E. Ambassador Dr. Walter Werner
8   REVIEW OF THE APPLICATION OF THE PROVISIONS OF THE SECTION ON GEOGRAPHICAL INDICATIONS UNDER ARTICLE 24.2
102.   Switzerland would like to thank Montenegro for submitting its answers to the checklist of questions and Norway for up-dating its initial set of responses. I would also like to thank both delegates for giving a brief account on the responses and the up-date submitted. 103.   Switzerland encourages other Members to follow suit. Comprehensive and up-to-date information from Members is the basis needed for the Council to usefully undertake the review stipulated in Article 24.2 of the TRIPS Agreement. 104.   In this context, Switzerland would like to inform the Council that in the English translation of Switzerland's up-dated answers to the checklist, a number of corrections were made to make it comply with the French original as submitted to the WTO at the end of 2017. 105.   Switzerland thanks the WTO Secretariat for carrying out these corrections and for making the amended English translation available on the WTO database.
24.   The Chair said Article 24.2 of the TRIPS Agreement required the Council to keep under review the application of the TRIPS provisions on geographical indications (GIs). The principal tool for the review was the Checklist of Questions (IP/C/13 and Add.1). At the Council's meeting in November 2018, Ukraine had introduced its responses to the GI checklist (IP/C/W/117/Add.35). Since then, Montenegro had submitted its responses to the Checklist (IP/C/W/117/Add.36) and Norway had updated its earlier responses (IP/C/W/177/Add.7/Rev.1).
25.   The Chair said that fewer than 50, out of 164 Members, had responded to the Checklist. Many of the earlier responses were also likely to be outdated and did not adequately reflect the fact that GI protection was an active area of legal and policy development at the domestic level and in free trade agreements (FTAs). He encouraged delegations to provide responses to the Checklist or to update earlier responses. He also recalled the Council's recommendation, made in March 2010, inviting Members to share information on bilateral agreements related to the protection of GIs. Such information could greatly facilitate the Council's conduct of this review.
26.   The representatives Montenegro, Norway and Switzerland took the floor.
27.   The Council took note of the statements made and agreed to revert to the matter at its next meeting.
IP/C/M/91, IP/C/M/91/Add.1