438. As in previous occasions and for Members' information, 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. Since our previous report during the TRIPS Council Meeting in October 2021, the following ten Trade Policy Reviews have taken place: Republic of Korea, China, the Russian Federation, Mauritius, Oman, the Kingdom of Bahrain, Tajikistan, Georgia, Panama, and Guyana. During these reviews, delegations engaged in the discussions and sought further details on:
a. The domestic implementation of the TRIPS Agreement;
b. Institutional arrangements for the administration and enforcement of intellectual property;
c. Copyright and related-rights regimes;
d. Trademark regime;
e. Protection of geographical indications;
f. Patent regime;
g. Protection of new plant varieties;
h. Enforcement, online and at the border; and
i. Measures taken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
439. The Secretariat is already working on the Chapter on Intellectual Property for the upcoming G20 and WTO wide Director-General's Monitoring Reports.
440. On 7 March 2022, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Director-General of the WTO sent a fax inviting delegations to provide information, on all trade and trade-related measures; as well as on measures taken specifically in the context of the COVID19 pandemic between mid-October 2021 to midMay 2022 including any updates to and/or elimination of existing measures. Since she took office, the DirectorGeneral of the WTO has emphasised the importance of transparency for the WTO as it is fundamental to any well-functioning global governing body. Inputs by delegations are essential in assisting the Secretariat to prepare the Reports in the most accurate and comprehensive manner. The Secretariat looks forward to receiving your inputs by 25 April.