Whether countries can bring intellectual property complaints against each other under the World Trade Organization even if they don’t violate WTO rules was a topic of debate this week, but could not be resolved.
The WTO Council for Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) met on 11 June. The meeting ended after only one day.
A proposal on the ability to bring so-called non-violation complaints under the TRIPS agreement was raised by the United States and discussed inconclusively. Another item put forward by the United States and Taiwan on “innovation hubs” for small-and-medium-sized enterprises led to many countries sharing their experiences, while discussions on the relationship between IP and technology transfer on green technology are expected to be pursued at the next meeting.
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