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

Ambassador Eui-yong Chung (Korea, Republic of)
European Union
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103. The representative of the European Communities associated his delegation with the statements made by Hungary and Switzerland. He said that the WTO Secretariat could give some insight as to the matters for which it had experience, such as cost of translations, but it would be in a very difficult position to make a "speculative" study, trying to figure out how a future register would impact on producers or consumers. The impact depended on the type of consumers and producers, on whether producers had been using names from others or not, on the effect of the register, etc. If the Special Session were to "go down that road", it should also evaluate the benefits to be derived from the registration of GIs.