Tobacco Plain Packaging Divides WTO At IP Council Meeting

Law360, New York (February 28, 2014, 6:46 PM EST) -- A World Trade Organization dispute over Australia's requirement that cigarettes be sold in generic, drab packaging this week divided the trade organization, with some countries backing the plain-packaging law and others saying it violates the WTO's intellectual property rules.

The Council for Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, which consists of all WTO members, debated the Australian tobacco labeling law at meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday in Geneva, Switzerland. On one side, countries like Indonesia, Cuba and the Dominican Republic voiced concern that the plain...
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