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

Mr. S. Harbinson (Hong Kong)
European Union
C.1.iv Articles 1.3 and 3.1
53. The representative of the European Communities agreed with the comments made by Hong Kong. As the obligations under the TRIPS Agreement and the Rome Convention were not identical it would be appropriate that governments, including those he represented, would reflect upon the reservations that they had found necessary with respect to the Rome Convention. It was also important that the respective rights and obligations of the Members were known precisely. Confusion would arise from a situation where some Members would not notify their reservations under the Rome Convention as they would consider them to be valid under the TRIPS Agreement, while others would confirm their earlier notifications or notify something else. He was in favour of all Members notifying reservations they wished to maintain.