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Complaint by the United States.
This request for consultations dated 30 April
1996, concerned Portugalís term of patent protection under its
Industrial Property Act. The US claimed that the provisions in that Act
with respect to existing patents were inconsistent with Portugalís
obligations under the TRIPS Agreement. Violations under Articles 33, 65
and 70 were alleged.
Mutually agreed solution
On 3 October 1996, both parties notified a mutually
agreed solution to the DSB.
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