The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) was established in 1998 as a Member States’ committee (IGOs and NGOs participate as observers). SCP Sessions at WIPO are typically made up of about 90-100 Member States, 5-10 IGOs and 25-30 NGOs. SCP is a forum to discuss issues, facilitate coordination and provide guidance concerning the progressive international development of patent law, including the harmonization of national laws and procedures. It is an important forum that deals with a cluster of issues rather than each issue in isolation. This led to the conclusion of the Patent Law Treaty (PLT) in 2000 and between 2000-2006, it has facilitated negotiation of the draft Substantive Patent Law Treaty (SPLT).