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

H.E. Ambassador Dagfinn Sørli (Norway)
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
641.   The World Intellectual Property Organization would like to thank the co-sponsors of the communication on Women and IP in document for acknowledging the work of WIPO. We would also like to thank those Members who made positive comments on our gender related work and partnership. 642.   There is a marked, and disconcerting, gender gap in the IP ecosystem, and WIPO is striving to address the some of the factors underlying this gap. WIPO undertakes a number of programmes to increase the involvement of women, especially women entrepreneurs in using the IP system by expanding knowledge and capacities. We are working to systematically mainstream gender equality considerations across our work programme. More specifically, we are focusing on generating and analysing disaggregated and gender specific data, collaborating on capacity development, and strengthening and replicating good practices. We are also working intensively with IP offices to mainstream gender consideration in their practices. Recently Daren Tang, Director-General of WIPO, has appointed Lisa Jorgenson as the Deputy-Director-General for Patents and Technology. 643.   This is a new role aimed at encouraging female engagement with intellectual property. We very much look forward to working with Members on these initiatives. If any Member wishes to have more information on our work on gender and IP, we would be happy to provide further details.
140. The Council took note of the statements made under this item.
138. The Chair said that the item had been put on the agenda at the request of Australia, the European Union, Japan, Switzerland, the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. These delegations had also submitted a communication to allow Members to prepare for today's discussion (document ). Since the circulation of the revised draft agenda, the delegation of Chile had been added to the co-sponsors of this item and the corresponding submission.
139. The representatives of the United States; the European Union; Chile; the United Kingdom; Chinese Taipei; Japan; Australia; Canada; Singapore; Switzerland; Panama; South Africa; China; and WIPO took the floor.
140. The Council took note of the statements made under this item.
IP/C/M/103, IP/C/M/103/Add.1, IP/C/M/Rev.1