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

H.E. Ambassador Dr Lansana GBERIE
124.   It is well established that proponents of the application of non-violation complaints under the TRIPS Agreement have not provided concrete examples of the kind of scenarios under which an otherwise TRIPS-consistent measure would impair or nullify benefits beyond those arising from the obligations set out in the Agreement. Having said this Chair and as we have indicated in the past, we stand ready to discuss our ideas with delegations on NVCs.
31. The Council took note of the statements made and agreed to revert to this matter at its next meeting.
26. 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.
27. He recalled that at the 12th Ministerial Conference, Ministers had adopted a Decision on TRIPS non-violation complaints (document ), which directed the Council for TRIPS 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.
28. He said that, during recent meetings of the Council for TRIPS, 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. Identifying such areas or elements of agreement regarding the nature of non-violation and situation complaints could help delegations focus their engagement on the areas of disagreement and thus make at least some progress in framing the relevant questions for discussion.
29. 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 longstanding debate.
30. The representatives of South Africa; Bangladesh; Tanzania, on behalf of the African Group; India; Kenya, on behalf of the ACP Group and Indonesia took the floor.
31. The Council took note of the statements made and agreed to revert to this matter at its next meeting.
IP/C/M/107, IP/C/M/107/Add.1