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

Mr. S. Harbinson (Hong Kong)
B.2.i Procedures for giving effect to the obligation to notify implementing legislation under Article 63.2
15. The representative of Japan expressed his appreciation of the work undertaken to prepare the "working hypothesis" which attempted to minimize the burden on Members in translating their laws and regulations. In his view, the paper represented a good basis for further discussions, both in capitals and in the Council. As far as the main laws and regulations were concerned, he hoped that his delegation would be able to notify them in the relevant WTO language, although such notifications should not be considered as authentic texts. He wished to stress, however, a few points that were important to his delegation. At this stage, his delegation was still thinking along the lines of considering the preparation of a comprehensive list which would include the titles of all national laws and regulations and of a format of cross references to the specific provisions of the TRIPS Agreement. Each Member should notify such a list to the Council for TRIPS for circulation to other Members. At the same time, each Member should also notify the laws and regulations concerned in its national language. On the basis of the cross references, Members could be requested to translate any relevant part of a national law at any time. He believed that such a procedure would balance the need to minimize burdens and to monitor the operation of the Agreement.