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    World Intellectual Property Organization

    Last Updated: 20 Jul 2020
    The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is one of the United Nations specialized agencies founded in 1967, headquartered in Geneva, Swiss.

    WIPO aims to promote the protection of intellectual property around the world through cooperation among states and international organizations. It is dedicated to the use of intellectual property (patents, copyright, trademarks, designs, etc.) as a means of stimulating innovation and creativity. Its mission is to promote innovation and creativity for the economic, social and cultural development of all countries through a balanced and effective international intellectual property (IP) system.

    WIPO is the global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation and a self-funding agency of the United Nations, with 188 member states.


    To lead the development of a balanced and effective international intellectual property (IP) system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all. Its mandate, governing bodies and procedures are set out in the WIPO Convention, which established WIPO in 1967.
    Within the framework of the organization, the ICT sector received considerable attention through the following dimensions:

    § Settle disputes upon the relevant domain names through WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center
    § Establish programs and projects for supporting small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with regard to encouraging those SMEs to use largely the intellectual property system
    § Form Committee on WIPO Standards (CWS) by the Member States during the General Assembly meeting in 2009, where CWS maintain work on revising and developing WIPO standards of intellectual property related to the IT industry WIPO promotes the development and use of the international IP system through:

    § Services – running systems that make it easier to obtain protection internationally for patents, trademarks, designs and appellations of origin, and to resolve IP disputes.
    § Law – helping develop the international legal IP framework in line with society’s evolving needs
    § Infrastructure – building collaborative networks and technical platforms to share knowledge and simplify IP transactions.
    § Development – building capacity in the use of IP to support economic development
    WIPO also works with member states and stakeholders to improve understanding and respect for IP worldwide, through the provision of economic analysis and statistics and by contributing IP-based solutions to help tackle global challenges.

    WIPO provides

    § A policy forum to shape balanced international IP rules for a changing world
    § Global services to protect IP across borders and to resolve disputes
    § Technical infrastructure to connect IP systems and share knowledge
    § Cooperation and capacity-building programs to enable all countries to use IP for economic, social and cultural development
    § A world reference source for IP information

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