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

H.E. Ambassador Dagfinn Sørli (Norway)
World Trade Organization
645.   As in previous occasions and for Members' information, the Secretariat would provide a brief update on issues related to intellectual property policy that have come up in the most recent Trade Policy Reviews. 646.   Since the last TRIPS Council Meeting in July, the following three Trade Policy Reviews have taken place: Argentina, Singapore and the Republic of Korea. The latter is taking place this week. During these reviews, delegations engaged in the discussions and sought further details on: a. The 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. 647.   The Secretariat has also contributed with the Chapter on Intellectual Property for the G20 and WTO wide Director-General's Monitoring Reports, to be circulated in November. The chapters are substance rice and take into account the IP-related measures communicated by Members and Observers. They also refer to the specific IP-related measures implemented to facilitate the development and dissemination of COVID-19-related health technologies, as well as measures aimed at relaxing procedural requirements and extending deadlines for administrative matters. The table outlining these measures is regularly updated and available on the WTO website, as indicated under agenda item 3.
143. The Council took note of the information provided.
141. The Chair recalled that the purpose of this agenda item was to keep Members posted of developments in other WTO bodies which are relevant to TRIPS matters, so no discussion was required. He invited the Secretariat to provide the regular briefing on IP-related issues considered in the context of individual Members' trade policy reviews, and in the Director-General's Monitoring Report.
142. The representative of the Secretariat took the floor.
143. The Council took note of the information provided.
IP/C/M/103, IP/C/M/103/Add.1, IP/C/M/Rev.1