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
16. The representative of Switzerland agreed that the document formed a good basis for further work. As far as the common register and the obligation to notify directly to the Council for TRIPS were concerned, he referred to his intervention at the previous meeting of the Council. His delegation favoured a pragmatic and flexible approach in order to simplify the procedure as much as possible. While he appreciated the concerns expressed with regard to translations, it should be clear that notification in one of the WTO languages should be required in respect of amendments of laws implementing provisions of the TRIPS Agreement as well as in respect of main laws on intellectual property. Only in other cases should texts be translated on request. The proposals in paragraph 10 of the working hypothesis concerning listings and descriptions of laws and regulations needed some further study.