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H.E. Ambassador Dagfinn Sørli (Norway)
11 INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY AND INNOVATION: SUMMARY ON THE 2020 THEME – MAKING MICRO SMALL AND MEDIUM-SIZED ENTREPRISES (MSMES) COMPETITIVE THROUGH IP AND INNOVATION
107.   Australia would first like to thank the US for drafting communication IP/C/W/678 and is pleased to co-sponsor the paper. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank all Friends of IP and Innovation Members who drafted communications to support the TRIPS Council discussions on Making MSMEs Competitive through IP and innovation throughout 2020 and 2021. 108.   These communications have provided valuable opportunities to exchange views and explore the positive role of intellectual property rights in supporting small and medium sized enterprises grow and expand their businesses and we look forward to engaging in the final sub-theme for 2021 focused on investment, financing, and funding, under agenda item 12.
48. The Chair recalled that this item had been put on the agenda at the request of Australia, Canada, the European Union, Japan, Switzerland, Chinese Taipei, and the United States. A communication had also been circulated in documents IP/C/W678 and IP/C/W/678/Rev.1. Since the circulation of the document, the United Kingdom, Chile and Singapore had also co-sponsored this item and the corresponding documents.
49. The representatives of the United States; Switzerland; Australia; the United Kingdom; Singapore; Japan; Brazil; and South Africa took the floor.
50. The Council took note of the statements made.
IP/C/M/100, IP/C/M/100/Add.1