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

H.E. Ambassador Dr. Lansana GBERIE
7 NON-VIOLATION AND SITUATION COMPLAINTS
95.   Sri Lanka welcomes the Ministerial Decision adopted on 17 June 2022 contained in document , in which Members agreed to extend the moratorium stipulated under Article 64.2 of the TRIPS Agreement, and that Members would refrain from bringing any unintended violations of provisions, including in using compulsory licenses of the TRIPS agreement, by a Member, to the WTO dispute settlement system. Accordingly, Sri Lanka welcomes the extension of the moratorium and the decision to instruct the Council to continue its examination of scope and modalities, and to make appropriate recommendations to the 13th Ministerial Conference.
The Council took note of the statements made and agreed to revert to this matter at its next meeting.
25. The Chair recalled that the examination of scope and modalities for non-violation and situation complaints under TRIPS was in line with the initial mandate in Article 64.3 of the TRIPS Agreement, which had required recommendations to be submitted to the Ministerial Conference in 1999.
26. He recalled that at the 12th Ministerial Conference, Ministers had adopted a Decision on TRIPS non-violation complaints (document ), which directed the TRIPS Council to continue its examination of the scope and modalities for non-violation and situation complaints, and to make recommendations to the 13th Ministerial Conference. The Decision also provided that, in the meantime, Members would not initiate such complaints under the TRIPS Agreement.
27. He said that, during recent meetings of the TRIPS Council, a few delegations had signalled openness to return to substantive discussions in this area. In March 2021, his predecessor had suggested that Members could identify areas of agreement in the non-violation discussions. He had suggested that identifying such areas, or elements, of agreement on the nature of non-violation and situation complaints could help delegations focus their engagement on the areas of disagreement and thus make at some progress in framing the relevant questions for discussion.
28. The Chair inquired whether delegations were more at ease now to consider this or any other approach that might help identify common ground, in order to get some movement in this long-standing debate.
29. The representatives of Tanzania; India; Bangladesh; Brazil; Indonesia; Sri Lanka; Argentina; Chile; China; and South Africa took the floor.
30. The Council took note of the statements made and agreed to revert to this matter at its next meeting.
IP/C/M/105, IP/C/M/105/Add.1, IP/C/M/105/Corr.1