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Mr. S. Harbinson (Hong Kong)
B.1 Notifications under Articles 1.3 and 3.1
7. The Chairman recalled that Articles 1.3 and 3.1 of the TRIPS Agreement allowed Members to limit the beneficiaries of TRIPS treatment and the scope of national treatment in ways permitted under certain provisions of the Berne Convention or the Rome Convention. The Council had at its meeting of 9 March 1995 agreed that he should hold informal consultations on this matter. Document IP/C/W/3, which the Secretariat, as agreed at the Council's meeting of 9 March 1995, had drawn up with the assistance of WIPO and the United Nations Legal Office, contained a complete listing of the notifications already made under the corresponding provisions of the Berne Convention and the Rome Convention themselves. In response to requests from delegations, the Secretariat had also circulated in document IP/C/W/5 a background note aimed at explaining the nature of the options available to all WTO Members under the provisions of Articles 1.3 and 3.1 and of the notifications required if a Member would wish to avail itself of any such option. In addition, the Secretariat had issued an airgram, WTO/AIR/70, reminding all delegations of the importance of considering whether they wished to make notifications under the provisions in question by 1 July 1995.