World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Organisation mondiale de la propriété intellectuelle (OMPI)
Organización Mundial de la Propiedad Intelectual (OMPI)
Vsemirnaja Organizacija Intellektualnoj Sobstvennosti (VOIS)

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History

14 July 1967, Stockholm (Sweden), on signature of Convention establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization -- Convention instituant l'Organisation mondiale de la propriété intellectuelle, which entered into force 26 Apr 1970, on ratification of or accession by 10 States, members of the Paris (France) Union, and 7 States, members of the Bern (Switzerland) Union. Registered 30 June 1972. Origins of the present WIPO go back to two principal international intellectual property treaties, the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, 1883 of 20 Mar 1883, establishing International Union for the Protection of Industrial Property (Paris Union), and the Bern Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, 1886 of 9 Sep 1886, adopted 5 Dec 1887, established International Union for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (Bern Union). Each Convention provided for establishment of an 'International Bureau' or secretariat. These bureaux were united in 1893 and functioned under various names, the last being United International Bureaux for the Protection of Intellectual Property -- Bureaux internationaux réunis pour la protection de la propriété intellectuelle (BIRPI). WIPO took over the functions of BIRPI and, since Dec 1974, functions as a specialized agency of the United Nations within United Nations System, linked to United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). Statutes registered in 'LNTS 4459'.

Aims

Promote protection of intellectual property (IP) worldwide through cooperation with member states; enable inventors and creators to harness the value of their work; stimulate innovation and creativity by ensuring that inventors and creators are recognized and rewarded for their ingenuity.

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Activities

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.

WIPO-administered treaties:

 • Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances;

 • Bern Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, 1886 and its International Union for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (Bern Union);

 • Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure (Budapest Treaty of 1977) and its Budapest Union for the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure;

 • Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms Against Unauthorized Duplication of Their Phonograms (Geneva Convention);

 • Convention Relating to the Distribution of Programme-carrying Signals Transmitted by Satellite (Brussels Convention);

 • The Hague Agreement Concerning the International Deposit of Industrial Designs and its Union for the International Deposit of Industrial Designs (The Hague Union);

 • International Convention for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations (Rome Convention) and its Intergovernmental Committee of the International Convention of Rome for the Protection of Performers, Producers of Phonograms and Broadcasting Organizations;

 • Lisbon Agreement for the Protection of Appellations of Origin and Their International Registration (Lisbon Agreement) and its Union for the Protection of Appellations of Origin and their International Registration (Lisbon Union);

 • Locarno Agreement Establishing an International Classification for Industrial Design and its Union for the International Classification for Industrial Designs (Locarno Union);

 • Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks, 1891 and Protocol to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks and its Union for the International Registration of Marks (Madrid Union);

 • Madrid Agreement for the Repression of False or Deceptive Indications of Source on Goods, 1891 (Madrid Agreement);

 • Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled (Marrakesh Treaty);

 • Nairobi Treaty on the Protection of the Olympic Symbol (Nairobi Treaty);

 • Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks and its Union for the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (Nice Union);

 • Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, 1883 and its International Union for the Protection of Industrial Property (Paris Union);

 • Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and its International Patent Cooperation Union (PCT Union);

 • Patent Law Treaty (PLT) and its Patent Law Treaty Assembly;

 • Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks (Singapore Treaty);

 • Strasbourg Agreement Concerning the International Patent Classification (IPC Agreement) and its Union for the International Patent Classification (IPC Union);

 • Trademark Law Treaty (TLT);

 • Treaty on the Protection of Intellectual Property in Respect of Integrated Circuits (IPIC);

 • Vienna Agreement Establishing an International Classification of the Figurative Elements of Marks (Vienna Agreement) and its International Union for an International Classification of the Figurative Elements of Marks (Vienna Union);

 • WIPO Copyright Treaty (WCT) and its WIPO Copyright Treaty Assembly;

 • WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (WPPT) and its WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty Assembly.

Also provides technical and administrative support services for:

 • International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV) established by International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants, 1961;

 • Treaty on the International Registration of Audiovisual Works and its Union for the International Registration of Audiovisual Works;

 • 'Geneva Treaty' - Geneva Treaty on the International Recording of Scientific Discoveries (Geneva Treaty) - not yet into force;

 • 'Madrid Multilateral Convention' - Multilateral Convention for the Avoidance of Double Taxation of Copyright Royalties and Additional Protocol (Madrid Multilateral Convention);

 • Eurasian Patent Convention;

 • Geneva Act of the The Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs.

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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 68 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 219 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 189 countries
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UIA Org ID

B3635

Last News Received

4. Oct 2016
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