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H.E. Ambassador Xolelwa Mlumbi-Peter
European Union
3 IP MEASURES IN THE CONTEXT OF COVID-19
56.   First of all, we would like to thank the WTO Secretariat for the compilation of the IP measures on related to COVID-19. The EU would like also to notify one measure in this context. 57.   On 1 December 2020, the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office granted three public health special compulsory licences related to Remdesivir, under Article 33/B(1)(a) of the Hungarian Patent Act, solely for domestic use. Article 33/B of the Hungarian Patent Act provides the possibility of granting special compulsory licences based on Article 31 of the TRIPS Agreement.
15. The Chair recalled that this agenda item had been discussed in the Council since its informal open-ended meeting on 19 June 2020 and had been on the Council's agenda at its formal meetings since then. In light of broad support for a continuation of these exchanges at the preceding meetings, the item was on the agenda to facilitate exchange of views on measures undertaken as the pandemic persists.
16. As one basis for the Council's exchange, she referred to the compilation "COVID-19: Measures Regarding Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights" that was available from the WTO website and contained a non-exhaustive list of IP-related measures taken in the context of COVID-19, compiled by the Secretariat from official sources and verified by the Members concerned. This list was updated continuously, even if the rate at which new measures are brought to our attention had slowed considerably since the last meeting. She encouraged Members to inform the Secretariat of any measures that should be included on this list, as well as any update or information on the expiry, or end of application, of such measures. She invited Members to inform the Council on their measures.
17. The representatives of Chile; Canada; the European Union; Ecuador; South Africa; China; the Russian Federation; and Indonesia took the floor.
18. The Chair proposed that, in view of the continued interest on this agenda item, the Council agree to revert to the item at its next meeting, so that the exchanges can once again take place, including on the basis of the updated Secretariat document of COVID-19 related IP measures.
19. The Council took note of the statements made and agreed to revert to this item at its next meeting.
IP/C/M/98, IP/C/M/98/Add.1