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Mr. S. Harbinson (Hong Kong)
B Notifications under Article 63.2
6. The representative of Poland, introducing document IP/N/1/POL/1, said that the Polish notification of main laws and regulations pertaining to the subject matter of the TRIPS Agreement, reproduced in that document, was a partial notification and an advance one. The Polish authorities had availed themselves of the right, under Article 65.3 of the TRIPS Agreement, to delay the date of application of the provisions of the Agreement other than Articles 3, 4 and 5 beyond the date of 1 January 1996. Poland was undergoing the process of transformation from a centrally-planned into a market, free-enterprise economy. One element of this process of transformation was a structural reform of the intellectual property system. His delegation had, however, been encouraged by the decision of the Council of 21 November 1995, as set forth in paragraph 3 of document IP/C/2, which invited WTO Members to notify in advance laws and regulations that were in compliance with the TRIPS Agreement. Poland had decided, thus, to submit its notification of the eight laws and regulations that were already in line with the provisions of the TRIPS Agreement. The intention was, furthermore, to submit soon the text of two other regulations pertaining to rules governing fair competition. Turning to the laws that had not yet been brought into conformity with the provisions of the Agreement, he said that laws in the area of copyright were currently in an advanced stage of drafting. As to other laws dedicated to the protection of intellectual property, he was not in a position to state when the Polish authorities would complete their work but he expected that this would be the case before the end of the transitional period as set forth in Article 65.3 of the TRIPS Agreement.