72. Ecuador reaffirms its commitment to encouraging the strategic regulation of intellectual property as a useful tool for promoting research and innovation balanced with the full exercise of other rights, such as the protection of all life forms.
73. Regarding such protection, Ecuador reiterates its appeal to the Council to reflect on the importance of prohibiting patents on all life forms or parts thereof in order to avoid endangering or negatively affecting them, since they should not be considered tradeable goods subject to inventions and, therefore, patents.
74. We believe that a balanced and fair system will only be possible if we include specific issues in our discussions, in accordance with sovereign regulation to ensure the effective protection of genetic resources, traditional knowledge and traditional cultural expressions.
75. In this regard, the TRIPS Agreement and the Convention on Biological Diversity are related and complement each other. We believe it is important that the two are mutually supportive in their objectives.
76. Accordingly, disclosure of origin and source, prior informed consent and the equitable sharing of benefits should, as unattachable, imprescriptible and inalienable collective rights, be taken into account.
77. Lastly, we reiterate our request that the Secretariat update the factual notes on previous topics, given that the last compilation of the ideas discussed was produced in 2006.
78. We highlight the fact that this update will provide greater clarity on the issues discussed without prejudice to each Member's position, and, in this way, advance the work of this Council.