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

H.E. Ambassador Dr Lansana GBERIE
United Kingdom
12 TECHNICAL COOPERATION AND CAPACITY-BUILDING
189.   The United Kingdom is committed to sharing its experiences and knowledge in helping Members develop their IP systems. As an example, we would like to talk about a workshop between the United Kingdom and Viet Nam in June 2022, on working together to tackle counterfeit goods and piracy, both online and offline. This workshop sought to facilitate effective information exchange between relevant ministries and agencies in methods and best practice in preventing and combating infringement of intellectual property rights (IPRs); to continue to improve the capacity and effectiveness of intellectual property right enforcement; and to lay the foundations to build a comprehensive cooperation program on these issues. 190.   Key sessions covered legal cooperation, where ministries and agencies exchanged and contributed specific ideas on ways to avoid overlapping of functions, duties, and authority. The discussion focused on the challenges of enforcement and various ways countries across the world are tackling the problem. It also focused on communication and education on intellectual property, resulting in new initiatives to raise public awareness of IPRs by local ministries and departments. We are pleased with the outcome of this workshop as a great example of learning from each other and how cooperation and sharing of experiences can benefit Members, contributing to raising IP standards globally.
The Council took note of the statements made and agreed to revert to the matter at its next meeting.
53. The Chair recalled that in July 2022, the Council had agreed to hold the annual review of technical cooperation at the present meeting.
54. Developed country Members had been requested to update information on their technical and financial cooperation activities relevant to the implementation of the TRIPS Agreement. Other Members who also made available technical cooperation were encouraged to share information on these activities. The Secretariat had issued an Airgram on 11 July 2022 reminding developed country Members of this request. Intergovernmental organizations observers to the Council and the WTO Secretariat had also been invited to provide information.
55. The Council had received information from the following developed country Members: Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, Norway, Japan, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States. Since the circulation of the revised draft agenda the European Union has also submitted information in this regard. These reports are being circulated under the new dedicated document series with the symbol where "R" stands for "Reports" and "TC" stands for "Technical Cooperation".
56. Intergovernmental organizations had also submitted updated information: the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the World Health Organization (WHO), the World Customs Organization (WCO), and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). Since the circulation of the revised draft agenda, had also submitted information in this regard. Their reports were being circulated in the same document series .
57. The report of the WTO Secretariat on technical cooperation activities in the TRIPS area was available in document .
58. The representatives of the European Union; the United Kingdom; the United States of America; Australia; Switzerland; Canada; New Zealand; Japan; Bangladesh, on behalf of the LDC Group; the WTO Secretariat; the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC); the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); and the World Health Organization (WHO) took the floor.
59. The Chair noted that most of the valuable information provided by Members and IGO observers had been received only very recently. He would provide delegations an opportunity at the next regular meeting to make further comments on the information submitted.
60. The Council took note of the statements made and agreed to revert to the matter at its next meeting.
IP/C/M/106, IP/C/M/106/Add.1