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

H.E. Ambassador Dr Lansana GBERIE

198.   Canada is pleased to have submitted its report on the implementation of Article 67 under document number IP/C/R/TC/CAN/2. Canada's 2022 report provides an update on Canada's activities concerning IP-related technical and financial cooperation for developing and LDC Members. We thank the Secretariat in advance for its efforts in circulating Canada's report following this session. 199.   Canada undertakes a number of technical cooperation activities at the multilateral, plurilateral and bilateral levels, which are outlined in this year's report. We would like to briefly take the opportunity to highlight a few notable activities from the past year. First, in May 2022, the Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO) hosted and delivered its annual CIPO-WIPO Executive Workshop on IP Office Management, on management techniques in the delivery of IP services, for senior officials from developing countries. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year's workshop was the second to be held virtually over the course of two weeks. The objectives of the workshop were to enhance knowledge and skills in the area of management techniques in the delivery of IP services; improve the capacity of IP officials; provide participants with first-hand experience of the nature and scope of Canada's IP expertise, products and services; and provide a forum to exchange ideas and experiences with officials from other IP offices. 200.   In 2021, Canada's Expert Deployment Mechanism for Trade and Development (EDM) completed an activity in Viet Nam to strengthen protection of intellectual property rights in Viet Nam. This activity supported the IP Office of Viet Nam to implement legal and administrative reforms to better enable Viet Nam to fulfil its commitments under the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). The technical assistance had three major benefits for officials in Viet Nam by exposing them to: a. how sound marks and undisclosed test data for agricultural chemical products are protected in Canada; b. how IP rights are enforced by Canadian border officials and through criminal remedies; and c. tools to raise public and private sector understanding of IP obligations in the CPTPP. 201.   Additionally, from 2019-2022, Canada's International Development Research Centre funded a project to strengthen research and policy capacity on critical digital policy issues in Kenya. This project is supporting cyber policy research centres to develop a robust policy research agenda that addresses all facets of cyber and digital policy, including innovation, human rights, and security, and the interplay of these issues in the Global South. This project has resulted in the creation of an academic, open access, peer-reviewed journal – the Journal of Intellectual Property and Information Technology (JIPIT). 202.   Also in 2019-2022, Canada's International Development Research Centre funded a project to strengthen the support the digital rights ecosystem in Latin America by building the capacity of key and emerging thought leaders with skills, knowledge, and resources; addressing critical challenges around digital rights; and promoting coordination among funders and organizations. 203.   Further details on these activities can be found in Canada's 2022 report, and Canada would be pleased to discuss our report with any interested Member. Canada also remains interested in hearing views from developing country and LDC Members on the successes and challenges of technical assistance and cooperation, as well as how priority needs have changed since Members' TRIPS implementation, and where gaps in technical assistance might remain. 204.   Canada looks forward to discussing these issues further, with a view to ensuring that our technical assistance continues to meet the priority needs and development objectives of its recipients.

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