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

H.E. Ambassador Dr Lansana GBERIE

364.   Under this item I deliver this statement under my national capacity. Bangladesh thanks Japan and other co-sponsors for the presentation of the document IP/C/W/697. Of course, our capital is examining this paper but here are some preliminary observations. 365.   Innovation is important for all Members including the LDCs. Article 7 of the TRIPS Agreement provides, and I quote: "The protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights should contribute to the promotion of technological innovation and to the transfer and dissemination of technology, to the mutual advantage of producers and users of technological knowledge and in a manner conducive to social and economic welfare, and to a balance of rights and obligations". 366.   From our perspective, as an LDC, gap in productive capacities, infrastructure and finance, digital divide, and cross-border data governance are some of the major challenges when we think of the digital trade. This paper proposes, among some key ideas, establishing global IT infrastructure to share information among IP offices as a base. This is a reality that a large portion of our Members lack such a base. In addition, we continue to struggle with inherited challenges including in human and institutional capacity. The paper mainly proposes, as its title suggests, cross-border cooperation among the IP offices. In my delegation's understanding, this may primarily be a subject of further examination in WIPO. The paper talks about WIPO's relevance. 367.   There are several issues proposed in this paper. We are not sure whether all would fit under the scopes of the IP offices. For example, the paper includes the intricate issues of advanced technologies like Artificial Intelligence (AI) and metaverse. We need more information to understand their trade linkages and scopes of our work in the World Trade Organization. In conclusion, Bangladesh supports the idea of exploratory and inclusive discussion through the guided questions listed at the end of the paper. We also look forward to working with interested Members.

63. The Council took note of the statements made.
61. The Chair said this item had been put on the agenda at the request of the delegations of Australia; Canada; the European Union; Hong Kong, China; Japan; Singapore; Switzerland; the Separate Customs Territory of Taiwan, Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu; the United Kingdom and the United States of America. These delegations had also submitted a communication on this topic, circulated in document in order to allow Members to prepare for today's discussion.
62. The representatives of Japan; the United States of America; Singapore; Switzerland; Australia; Chinese Taipei; the United Kingdom; Canada; Hong Kong, China; the European Union; Korea, Republic of; Peru; India; Bangladesh; South Africa; Canada and the World Intellectual Property Organization took the floor.
63. The Council took note of the statements made.
IP/C/M/107, IP/C/M/107/Add.1