Portugal — Patent Protection under the Industrial Property Act

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Agreements cited:
(as cited in request for consultations)
Request for Consultations received:
Mutually Agreed Solution notified: 8 October 1996


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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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