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On 2 February 2013, the Lao People's Democratic Republic became officially a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO). As a WTO member, Laos automatically accepts also the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). Before joining the WTO, Laos became already a member of the Paris Convention (in 1998) and the Patent Cooperation Treaty (in 2006).
For more information on Laos' WTO accession, please refer to WIPO's PCT Newsletter Nr. 02/2013 (February 2013)..