Upcoming WTO Meeting to Discuss Important Issues Under the TRIPS Agreement

By Nathaniel DeLucia

At a recent WTO meeting, members discussed several key questions about the future of the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) agreement.  Most notably, the fate of the “non-violation” complaints was expected to be decided.  Non-violation complaints allow member countries to bring complaints to the WTO against another member country, even if no violation of an agreement has occurred.  The decision as to whether or not to continue allowing non-violation complaints had continually been put off by the council, however, they were expected to finally address the issue at the upcoming meeting.

For the complete story on non-violation complaints and the WTO meeting generally, see the IP-Watch article, located here.