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

H.E. Ambassador Lundeg Purevsuren
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
11 TECHNICAL COOPERATION AND CAPACITY-BUILDING
349.   The World Intellectual Property Organization is a major provider of technical cooperation activities related to the implementation of the TRIPS Agreement. For the reporting period of September 2018 to August 2019, WIPO carried out approximately 600 technical cooperation activities. The cooperation covered a wide range of IP fields, including patents, trademarks, copyright, industrial designs, and IP enforcement. 350.   Our needs-driven and tailor-made technical assistance activities focus on three main areas: policy and legislative advice, national IP strategies, and IP office business solutions. 351.   Upon request from Members, WIPO provides legal advice relating to the drafting of new IP laws or regulations, the implementation of a new law, regulation or treaty, and national compliance with international treaty obligations, including advising countries on flexibilities. 352.   WIPO also assists developing and least developed countries (LDCs) to produce national IP strategies to facilitate the effective creation, protection, management, and use of IP. 353.   In the area of IP office business solutions, WIPO provides business systems for IP offices in developing countries and least developed countries (LDCs) to enable them to participate effectively in the global IP system. 354.   Overall, WIPO technical assistance activities contribute to supporting the efforts of Members in fulfilling their TRIPS obligations. 355.   Finally, WIPO reiterates its commitment to continue providing assistance to Members to facilitate the implementation of the TRIPS Agreement.
53.   The Chair recalled that the Council had agreed, at its meeting in June 2019, to hold the annual review of technical cooperation at the present 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 had also provided technical cooperation, were encouraged to share information on these activities. The Secretariat had issued an airgram on 21 June 2019 reminding developed-country Members of this request. Intergovernmental organizations, observers to the Council, and the WTO Secretariat had also been invited to provide information.
54.   The Council had received information from the following developed-country Members: Switzerland, Japan, the United States of America, Norway, Australia, and Canada. Their reports were being circulated in document IP/C/W/655 and addenda. The Council had also received an Advance Working Copy of the report from the European Union and some of its member States. It had been made available as a room document RD/IP/35, on documents online, and would also be circulated as an addendum to document IP/C/W/655 once finalized. The following intergovernmental organizations had also submitted updated information: the GCC, WHO, WCO, UNCTAD, ARIPO and WIPO. Their reports had been being circulated in document IP/C/W/654 and addenda. Updated information on the WTO Secretariat's own technical cooperation activities in the TRIPS area was available in document IP/C/W/658. He invited developed-country Members to introduce their reports on technical cooperation activities.
55.   The representatives of Canada; Japan; the European Union; the United States of America; Norway; Australia; Benin, on behalf of West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU); and Bangladesh took the floor.
56.   The Chair invited the WTO Secretariat to inform the Council of its recent technical cooperation activities.
57.   The representative of the WTO Secretariat took the floor.
58.   The Chair invited the representatives of intergovernmental organizations to introduce their reports.
59.   The representatives of the Secretariats of the WHO, GCC, WIPO, ARIPO, UNCTAD, and the WCO took the floor.
60.   The Chair noted that most of the valuable information provided by Members and IGO observers had been received only very recently; and, that most of it was, so far, available only in its original language. He suggested that Members have an opportunity, at the next meeting of the Council, to make further comments on the information submitted for the meeting.
61.   The Council took note of the statements made and agreed to revert to the matter at its next meeting.
IP/C/M/93, IP/C/M/93/Add.1