721. As on previous occasions, the Secretariat will provide a brief update of the issues related to intellectual property policy that have come up in the most recent Trade Policy Reviews.
722. Since the last TRIPS Council Meeting in June, the Trade Policy Reviews of Canada, North Macedonia, Suriname and Costa Rica have taken place. These reviews have covered a very wide range of intellectual property and related trade policy issues. During these reviews, developed and developing-country Members have continued to actively register their interest in TRIPS-related issues, by addressing specific follow-up questions on current aspects of the IP system of the Member under review. The areas of particular interest shown by Members include:
Implementation of the TRIPS Agreement;
Copyrights and related rights;
Protection of plant varieties;
Protection of trade secrets;
Enforcement, online and at the border;
Implementation of national intellectual property strategies;
Accession to, and implementation of, WIPO instruments.
723. The Secretariat has also prepared the TRIPS-related sections for the end-year G20 and WTOwide Director-General's Monitoring Reports, which will be circulated in late November.
724. The section on "Policy Developments in Trade and Intellectual Property" in the Monitoring Reports highlights the national IP strategies being implemented by China, Myanmar and Turkey; as well as the information on developments in domestic legislation and administrative issues submitted for the monitoring exercise by Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Indonesia, Mauritius, the Philippines, Chinese Taipei, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Thailand and Turkey.