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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY: TRIPS AND PUBLIC HEALTH

Members accepting amendment of the TRIPS Agreement

WTO members on 6 December 2005 approved changes to the WTO’s intellectual property (TRIPS) agreement making permanent a decision on patents and public health originally adopted in 2003. This will now be formally built into the TRIPS Agreement when two thirds of the WTO’s members have accepted the change. They originally set themselves until 1 December 2007 to do this. The latest General Council decision of 26 November 2013 (document WT/L/899) extended the deadline to 31 December 2015.

Once two thirds of members have formally accepted it, the amendment will take effect in those members and will replace the 2003 waiver for them. For each of the remaining members: the waiver will continue to apply until that member accepts the amendment and it takes effect.

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Updated: 10 September 2014

> Explanation: 6 December 2005 press release
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Members and dates of acceptance  back to top

United States (17 December 2005)
Switzerland (13 September 2006)
El Salvador (19 September 2006)
Rep. of Korea (24 January 2007)
Norway (5 February 2007)
India (26 March 2007)
Philippines (30 March 2007)
Israel (10 August 2007)
Japan (31 August 2007)
Australia (12 September 2007)
Singapore (28 September 2007)
Hong Kong, China (27 November 2007)
China (28 November 2007)
European Union (30 November 2007) (See text of Instrument of Acceptance)
Mauritius (16 April 2008)
Egypt (18 April 2008)
Mexico (23 May 2008)
Jordan (6 August 2008)
Brazil (13 November 2008)
Morocco (2 December 2008)
Albania (28 January 2009)
Macau, China (16 June 2009)
Canada (16 June 2009)
Bahrain (4 August 2009)
Colombia (7 August 2009)
Zambia (10 August 2009)
Nicaragua (25 January 2010)
Pakistan (8 February 2010)
Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (16 March 2010)
Uganda (12 July 2010)
Mongolia (17 September 2010)
Croatia (6 December 2010)
Senegal (18 January 2011)
Bangladesh (15 March 2011)
Argentina (20 October 2011)
Indonesia (20 October 2011)
New Zealand (21 October 2011)
Cambodia (1 November 2011)
Panama (24 November 2011)
Costa Rica (8 December 2011)
Rwanda (12 December 2011)
Honduras (16 December 2011)
Togo (13 March 2012)
Saudi Arabia (29 May 2012)
Chinese Taipei (31 July 2012)
Dominican Republic (23 May 2013)
Chile (26 July 2013)
Montenegro (9 September 2013)
Trinidad and Tobago (19 September 2013)
Central African Republic (13 January 2014)
Turkey (14 May 2014)
Botswana (18 June 2014)
Uruguay (31 July 2014)

 
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> How to accept the protocol amending the TRIPS Agreement: Background information for members on procedures