Actas - Consejo de los ADPIC - Ver detalles de la intervención/declaración

Ambassador Al-Otaibi (Kingdom of Saudi-Arabia) and Ambassador Alfredo Suescum (Panama)
World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
332. WIPO has submitted information regarding its technical cooperation programmes relevant to the TRIPS Agreement for the period October 2014 to September 2015. This submission reports on a comprehensive range of cooperation activities to some 157 WIPO Member States reflecting WIPO's role as a major provider of intellectual property (IP) related technical assistance. 333. WIPO's technical cooperation activities respond to individual needs and requests from WIPO's Member States in developing countries, LDCs and economies in transition. This cooperation seeks to empower countries to use the IP system as a contributing factor in achieving their national development goals, to leverage their participation in the global knowledge and innovation economy and to facilitate the use of IP to promote economic, social and cultural development. 334. WIPO's work in this regard is informed and guided by the relevant WIPO Development Agenda Recommendations, in particular recommendations under Cluster A on WIPO's technical assistance and capacity building. 335. These activities are undertaken by a range of programmes within WIPO and our submission reflects the rich and diverse nature of this support. We wish to inform Members that in addition to our submission to the TRIPS Council, this information is also available on the WIPO website through the WIPO IP Technical Assistance Database (IP-TAD) and in the WIPO Country Profiles. 336. I should also like to take this opportunity to express our appreciation to the Government of Australia for both the existing Fund-in-Trust and the recently announced new Australia fund in trust agreement. In addition, I should also like to thank those other government donors who have set up funds-in-trust with WIPO to support our work. 337. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the WTO and at the same time the 20th anniversary of the Cooperation Agreement between WIPO and the WTO. This Agreement sets out the enhanced cooperation on legal assistance and technical cooperation activities relating to the TRIPS Agreement for developing countries, so as to maximize the usefulness of those activities and ensure their mutually supportive nature. This has been an important part of WIPO's work with the WTO which has evolved over the years in response to changing demand and will continue to be an important area of collaboration. 338. Also related to this, is the work of the trilateral cooperation between the WTO, WHO and WIPO. This has provided an important strengthening of cooperation and practical coordination on issues around public health, IP and trade. The trilateral cooperation is intended to contribute to enhancing the empirical and factual information basis for policy makers and supporting them in addressing public health in relation to IP and trade. 339. Finally, WIPO looks forward to its continued cooperation with the WTO and in providing technical assistance to WIPO and WTO Member States, as well as supporting the work of the TRIPS Council.
The Council took note of the statements made and agreed to revert to the matter at its next meeting.
12.1. The Chairman recalled that, at its meeting in June 2015, the Council had agreed to hold its annual review of technical cooperation at this meeting. He suggested that Members also discuss any other issues relating to this agenda item.

12.2. In preparation for the annual review, developed country Members had been once more requested to update information on their technical and financial cooperation activities relevant to the implementation of the TRIPS Agreement in time for this meeting. Other Members who also made available technical cooperation had been encouraged to share information on these activities if they so wished. The Secretariat had issued on 19 June 2015 an airgram (WTO/AIR/IP/4) reminding Members of this request. In addition, intergovernmental organizations observers to the Council as well as the WTO Secretariat had been invited to provide information.

12.3. To date, the Council had received information from the following developed country Members: Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, the United States, and Norway (IP/C/W/610 and addenda). The report submitted by the European Union and individual member States, namely Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom, had been made available as a room document on documents online and would also be circulated as an addendum to document IP/C/W/610.

12.4. The Council had received updated information from the following intergovernmental organizations: FAO, GCC, OECD, WCO, UNCTAD, WHO, UPOV, and WIPO (IP/C/W/609 and addenda). Updated information on the WTO Secretariat's own technical cooperation activities in the TRIPS area was circulated in document IP/C/W/608.

12.5. He said that these reports provided very valuable information both as regards details of specific activities, but also the broader policy considerations that were guiding capacity building activities of individual Members and Observers. Nevertheless, much of this resource remained largely untapped which might also be due to the amount of information provided and the way in which this was done. In order to promote awareness and transparency, the Secretariat had repeatedly suggested that the information about specific activities be reported in table format. It had also provided regular updates with respect to its work aimed at identifying ways of facilitating the submission, processing and circulation of information on technical assistance.

12.6. The representatives of the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, and Ecuador took the floor.

12.7. The representative of the WTO Secretariat took the floor.

12.8. The representatives of the GCC, UNCTAD, WHO and WIPO took the floor.

12.9. The Chairman noted that some of the information had been received only very recently, and most of it was available only in its original language, and therefore proposed to provide Members an opportunity at the next meeting to make further comments on the information submitted for this meeting.

12.10. The Council took note of the statements made and agreed to revert to the matter at its next meeting.

IP/C/M/80, IP/C/M/80/Add.1