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

H.E. Ambassador Xolelwa Mlumbi-Peter
98.   With regard to information concerning the COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to thank the Secretariat for all its efforts to make relevant information available to Members. El Salvador has not taken any specific emergency measures pertaining to intellectual property, however, the running of our National Intellectual Property Office was affected by the general suspension of terms and deadlines because of the closure of Government offices. This information was included on the World Intellectual Property Organization's COVID-19 IP Policy Tracker webpage, a link to which has also been included on the World Trade Organization's website. We would like to report that the Decree on the state of emergency in the country expired on 15 July 2020, which meant that terms and deadlines resumed as of 16 June 2020. On the same date, the Office's intellectual property services, including the processing of applications, also resumed under special conditions. We will shortly be sending this information in writing to the WIPO Secretariat, so that it can update its important COVID-19 IP Policy Tracker tool.
The Council took note of the statements made.
15.   The Chair said that the item had been put on the agenda at the request of South Africa, referring to the document "COVID-19: Measures Regarding Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights", which was available from the WTO website and contained a non-exhaustive list of IP-related measures taken in the context of COVID-19. The list compiled by the Secretariat from official sources and verified by the Members concerned. It was updated continuously, and the latest version was always available on the WTO website. She invited South Africa to introduce the item.
16.   The representative of South Africa took the floor to introduce the item.
17.   The representatives of Nigeria; Brazil; China; Chile; India; El Salvador; the Russian Federation; Indonesia; Ecuador; the United States of America; the European Union; Australia; and Switzerland took the floor.
18.   The Council took note of the statements made.
IP/C/M/95, IP/C/M/95/Add.1