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

Corea, República de
I Review of Legislation on Copyright and Related Rights
61. The representative of Korea said that his delegation had received a letter, dated 14 June 1996, from the United States delegation, which contained a number of questions relating to Korea's copyright legislation. His delegation had replied to the letter stating that Korea had not yet decided the timing and modalities of its notification of implementing legislation relating to the TRIPS Agreement, and that Korea was not in a position to reply to the questions in this review meeting. Korea did not belong to those categories of Members that were subject to the review. Korea had participated in the Uruguay Round negotiations as a developing country and thus had been operating under Article 65.2 of the TRIPS Agreement since the date of entry into force of the WTO Agreement. Furthermore, Korea had neither expressed any intention not to avail itself of the transitional period provided under Article 65.2, nor notified its intellectual property legislation to the Council for review. Nonetheless, without prejudice to the entitlement to a longer transitional period, Korea had practically completed its national legislation in compliance with the relevant provisions of the TRIPS Agreement. Most of Korea's national legislation for the implementation of the Agreement had entered into force before 1 July 1996. The exceptions were the Agricultural Chemicals Management Law and the Seedlings Management Law, which would enter into force on 7 December 1996 and on 31 December 1997, respectively. In addition, measures to comply with the provisions of the Agreement relating to geographical indications were duly being reviewed.