The World Trade Organization (WTO) Council for the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) is the body responsible for administering the TRIPS Agreement, which is one of the multiple WTO Agreements, dealing specifically with Intellectual Property matters. The Council particularly monitors the operation of the TRIPS Agreement.
At its meeting of 8 to 9 June 2010, the WTO Council for TRIPS granted to ARIPO and OAPI an ad-hoc observer status on a meeting-by-meeting basis. The WTO Council for TRIPS has from then been inviting ARIPO to attend its meetings.
Discussions have been going on in order to grant a permanent observer status to ARIPO and its sister Organization OAPI.
On 20 October 2017, a new move has been registered because the TRIPS Council, at its ordinary session that took place in Geneva from 19 to 20 October 2017, decided to grant a permanent observer status to ARIPO and OAPI.