WTO Extends Compliance Deadline For Poorest Countries

Law360, New York (November 29, 2005, 12:00 AM EST) -- The World Trade Organization has given the world’s poorest countries seven more years to provide protection for intellectual property under the WTO’s statutes, extending the deadline from January 2006 to January 2013.

The decision, made by the Council for Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) also includes commitments by member governments to assist with technical aspects of compliance with WTO standards.

“This agreement, coming just before the Hong Kong Ministerial Conference, is good news,” WTO Director-General Pascal Lamy said. “Members have shown that they are...
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