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

Ambassador W. Armstrong (New Zealand)
A Adoption of the report (1996) of the Council
1. The Chairman referred to the draft report of the Council as contained in document No. 5992 of 1 November 1996 and proposed that the Council adopt the text in question with the following two amendments on an ad referendum basis: -in paragraph 1 "1 November 1996" should be replaced by "5 November 1996"; and -paragraph 34 should be replaced by the following text: "34. Members further reaffirm their commitment to the TRIPS built-in agenda agreed during the Uruguay Round, including any time-frames specified in the relevant provisions, and to carrying out as and when appropriate analytical work and information exchange so as to allow Members a better prior understanding of the issues involved without prejudice to the timing or scope of the reviews or negotiations envisaged in that built-in agenda. In regard to geographical indications, the Council has agreed that a review of the application of the provisions of the section on geographical indications as provided for in Article 24.2 would take the form outlined in paragraph 27 above, which permits inputs from delegations on the issue of scope, and the Council will initiate in 1997 preliminary work on issues relevant to the negotiations specified in Article 23.4 of the TRIPS Agreement concerning the establishment of a multilateral system of notification and registration of geographical indications for wines. Issues relevant to a notification and registration system for spirits will be part of this preliminary work. All of the above work would be conducted without prejudice to the rights and obligations of Members under the TRIPS Agreement and in particular under the specific provisions of the TRIPS built-in agenda."