Annual Report 2017

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The 2017 Annual Report begins with a message from the WTO Director-General and an overview of the past year. This is followed by more in-depth accounts of the WTO’s areas of activity over the past 12 months.

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Trade-related aspects of intellectual property rights (TRIPS)

An amendment to the TRIPS Agreement making it easier for developing countries to access affordable medicines came into force in January 2017. The TRIPS Council continued its regular work on promoting transparency in WTO members’ intellectual property systems and reviewed the implementation of the TRIPS Agreement. It also discussed access to medicines, biodiversity, patentability of life forms and technical cooperation, among other topics.

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