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Fiji concludes review of intellectual property laws

Fiji today concluded its review of intellectual property legislation as part of its obligations under the Agreement on Trade-Related aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) of the World Trade Organisation. The review of Fijian intellectual property legislation was conducted under a standing agenda item of the TRIPS Council. Fiji was able to conclude this review […]

Peni Shute

March 3, 2016 4:49 pm

Fiji today concluded its review of intellectual property legislation as part of its obligations under the Agreement on Trade-Related aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) of the World Trade Organisation.
The review of Fijian intellectual property legislation was conducted under a standing agenda item of the TRIPS Council. Fiji was able to conclude this review today with the submission of responses to outstanding questions from the EU, Switzerland and the United States.

Each of these countries during the meeting today acknowledged Fiji’s efforts in responding to their questions and said that they were satisfied with Fijian responses for the review.

In delivering its statement before the TRIPS Council, under Fiji’s obligations under the TRIPS Agreement, Ms. Robyn-Ann Mani of the Attorney-General’s Office explained the rationale for Fijian responses to questions posed by members in the context of the legislative reform agenda being undertaken by Fiji. She said that Fiji was working with the World Intellectual Property Organisation to review its intellectual property legislation to align such with international obligations.

Upon conclusion of the review by the Chairman, the Fijian representatives thanked the Council and its Members and highlighted that the review, although having taken some time to conclude, had been a useful exercise in highlighting areas where Fiji needs to undertake further work through its legislative reform agenda.

Fiji’s representatives to the TRIPS Council Meeting were Senior Legal Officers of the Office of the Attorney-General, Ms Robyn-Ann Mani and Ms Laite Ramoce and Senior Economic Planning Officer of the Ministry of Industry and Trade, Ms Karishma Narayan, supported by Mission Staff from Fiji’s Permanent Mission to the WTO.

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