Plain pack opponents make their case in TRIPs
Managing IP is part of Legal Benchmarking Limited, 4 Bouverie Street, London, EC4Y 8AX
Copyright © Legal Benchmarking Limited and its affiliated companies 2024

Accessibility | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Modern Slavery Statement

Plain pack opponents make their case in TRIPs

Opponents of plain packaging have gone at the offensive at the WTO, urging countries considering tobacco plain packaging laws to wait until a decision has been taken in a dispute relating to Australia’s rules

At a meeting of the TRIPs Council in Geneva last week, the five counties that have filed complaints against Australia’s ground-breaking plain packaging laws – Ukraine, Honduras, Dominican Republic, Cuba and Indonesia, supported by Zimbabwe and Nicaragua – claimed that the law has not cut smoking levels in the country.

Ukraine said that Australia’s measure had not worked and was unlikely to work, and referred to the bill now before New Zealand’s parliament as well as reported plans for similar rules in Ireland, the UK, France and Finland. Support for plain packaging during the meeting came from New Zealand, Norway, Canada, Uruguay, the WHO and the EU.

Although the five complainants have urged other countries to delay their own plain packaging plans until the case against Australia is concluded, that is likely to take longer than originally envisaged.

Last month the chairperson of the panel set up to consider all five cases announced that the panel was now unlikely to issue its final report to the parties before the first half of 2016. It had originally been expected before the end of this year. Australia had earlier complained about delays in setting up the panel.

more from across site and ros bottom lb

More from across our site

An intimate understanding of a client’s sector is essential to winning new business, a survey of over 28,000 corporate counsel reveals
Counsel say a Federal Circuit ruling on the obviousness test for design patents may increase the time IP owners spend defending their rights
While the INTA Annual Meeting is over for another year, here are a few things Managing IP learned after attending IP’s biggest party
We provide a rundown of Managing IP’s news and analysis from the week, and review what’s been happening elsewhere in IP
Four sources reveal which tools they have been using – or building – to help them with a range of tasks from invention generation to claim sufficiency
Managing IP reveals Wednesday's highlights, including a discussion on how AI is helping lawyers improve their "gut instinct" trademark decisions
Managing IP reveals Tuesday’s highlights, including an illuminating discussion celebrating women in the workplace and the challenges that remain
Dana Northcott, INTA’s 2024 president and associate general counsel for Amazon's IP team, talks about her work for the association
Managing IP reveals highlights from the INTA Annual Meeting, including law firms’ diversity and ESG concerns and a new beginning for a Chinese firm
Firms with a broad geographic reach are more likely to win work, especially from global companies with high turnovers, according to survey data of nearly 29,000 corporate counsel
Gift this article