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Statement by Ecuador at June 2012 WTO TRIPS Council on copyright limitations and exceptions

This statement was delivered by Ecuador on 5 June 2012 at the WTO TRIPS Council on copyright limitations and exceptions.

CONSEJO DE LOS ADPIC
5-6 DE JUNIO DE 2012
PUNTO L. DE LA AGENDA
INTERVENCIÓN DEL ECUADOR

Señor Presidente,

El Ecuador da la bienvenida a la iniciativa organizada por Brasil y Estados Unidos con respecto al punto L. sobre las limitaciones y excepciones a los derechos de autor en el marco de las negociaciones en curso en la OMPI.

Intervention of Chile to the TRIPS Council on Copyright Limitations and Exceptions

This statement was delivered by Chile on 5 June 2012 at the WTO TRIPS Council on copyright limitations and exceptions.

AGENDA L COPYRIGHT LIMITATIONS AND EXCEPTIONS

Statement by Brazil at June 2012 WTO TRIPS Council on the state of play of WIPO negotiations on a Treaty for the Blind

This was the statement delivered by Brazil on 5 June 2012 at the WTO Council for TRIPS under Agenda Item L-Copyright Limitations and Exceptions: Ongoing Negotiations At WIPO-Briefing By Brazil and the United States.

The following is the Brazilian intervention.

Last April, the President of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, visited the United States.

5 June 2012: India's statement at WTO TRIPS Council: Exchange of information on securing supply chains against counterfeit goods

On 5 June 2012, India delivered the following intervention at the WTO Council for TRIPS on agenda item K, "Exchange of information on securing supply chains against counterfeit goods".

Intervention on Agenda Item K

(WHO donors) Gates Foundation, US, UK, Canada, Rotary Int., Norway and GAVI: Setting the agenda for global public health?

In preparation for the 65th World Health Assembly, held in Geneva from 21 May 2012 to 26 May 2012, the World Health Organization (WHO) prepared a document (A65/29 Add. 1, 5 April 2012) entitled "Voluntary contributions by fund and by donor for the financial period 2010-2011.

Agenda of TRIPS Council meeting (5-6 June 2012): Information exchange on counterfeits, WIPO negotiations on copyright L&Es

The following WTO airgram WTO/AIR/3943/REV.1 (23 May 2012) contains the agenda for the upcoming WTO Council for TRIPS meeting to be held in Geneva from Tuesday, 5 June 2012 to Wednesday, 6 June 2012. The airgram notes that the United States has made a written request for an agenda item on the "exchange of information on securing supply chains against counterfeit goods" (agenda item K). Brazil and the United States made a joint request for an additional agenda item (L) on "copyright limitations and exceptions: ongoing negotiations at WIPO-Briefing by Brazil and the United States".

Intervention of Chile at WIPO's Standing Committee on the Law of Patents: Patents and Health

On Wednesday, 23 May 2012, Chile delivered the following statement on patents and health at the 18th session of the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP). In particular, Chile made a strong case for the WIPO SCP to study existing flexibilities in the international patent system.

Kenyan resolution to the 65th World Health Assembly: WHO Convention on Research and Development Financing and Coordination

During the week of 14 May 2012, the Republic of Kenya submitted a resolution to the 65th session of the World Health Assembly entitled, "WHO Convention on Research and Development Financing and Coordination". The resolution will be published by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a conference paper for discussion in Committee A under agenda item 13.14 Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination. It is expected that this agenda item on the CEWG will be brought forward for early discussion at the Assembly.

Key WIPO committee on patents to discuss patents and health, exceptions and limitations to patent rights and opposition systems

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will convene the 18th session of the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) from 21 May 2012 to 25 May 2012 (during the same week as the 65th session of the World Health Assembly). The agenda of the SCP is reproduced below.

WTO disputes- Intellectual property dimensions of the Boeing case (WT/DS353)

"Roma locuta causa finita est" (Rome has spoken, therefore the case has been decided) was the maxim employed by medieval jurists to describe the absolute irrevocability of papal judgements in canon law. Today, in modern international trade law, the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Appellate Body fulfills a similar function as the international trading system's "Supreme Court". In the words of the WTO,

[t]he Appellate Body was established in 1995 under Article 17 of the Understanding on Rules and Procedures Governing the Settlement of Disputes (DSU).

Views on the Report of the WHO Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development (CEWG)

On Thursday, 5 April 2012, the World Health Organization released the report of the Report of the Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination (CEWG) entitled "Research and Development to Meet Health Needs in Developing Countries: Strengthening Global Financing and Coordination".

5 April 2012: World Health Organization's Consultative Expert Working Group on R&D Financing releases its Report

On Thursday, 5 April 2012, the World Health Organization released the report of the Report of the Consultative Expert Working Group on Research and Development: Financing and Coordination entitled "Research and Development to Meet Health Needs in Developing Countries: Strengthening Global Financing and Coordination". The 218 page report will take some time to fully assess.

The report can be found here: http://www.who.int/phi/CEWG_Report_5_April_2012.pdf

WTO Dispute Settlement: Ukraine files dispute against Australia (13 March 2012) on Tobacco Plain Packaging Bill 2011

The following information is taken directly from the World Trade Organization's dispute settlement web page which reports that on 13 March 2012, Ukraine requested consultations with Australia under the WTO's dispute settlement system with respect to Australia's Tobacco Plain Packaging Bill 2011 which the WTO website noted imposes "trademark restrictions and other plain packaging requirements on tobacco products".

ACTA: European Union's statement on IP Enforcement Trends at WTO Council for TRIPS (28 February 2012)

The global upsurge of popular opposition to the Anti-Counterfeiting Agreement (ACTA), particularly evident across Europe in the last month, has pushed the governments of Bulgaria, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Latvia, and the Netherlands, Poland to reconsider their ratification of the controversial treaty.

ACTA: US Intervention on IP Enforcement Trends at WTO Council for TRIPS (28 February 2012)

These are the interventions delivered by the United States of America on 28 February 2012 during WTO Council for TRIPS discussions on ACTA under "IP Enforcement Trends".

N. IP ENFORCEMENT TRENDS

[U.S. First Intervention]

• We appreciate this opportunity to discuss enforcement of IP rights, and hopefully to dispel some misperceptions about IP enforcement in general and the ACTA in particular.

• Effective enforcement of intellectual property rights is critical to sustaining economic growth across all industries and globally.

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