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

Ambassador D. Mwape (Zambia)
B.ii Second sub-question
124. The representative of Canada said she wondered whether the European Union's comment had been made only with respect to the part of TN/C/W/52 which referred to genericness. One of the main problems was that it was difficult to define the terms "genericness" and "substantiation" without the overall context on how they were used and, moreover, Canada's legislation did not provide for such contexts. Her delegation considered that those terms would be defined differently in different Members and that would create uncertainties. This was why her delegation preferred the joint proposal as more precise than the one envisaged in TN/C/W/52.
The Special Session took note of the statements made.