World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

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World Intellectual Property Organization, WIPO - was established by a WIPO Convention in 1967, and became a specialized agency of the United Nations in 1974. WIPO is headquartered in Geneva.


WIPO's purpose is to promote respect for intellectual property worldwide. 

Intellectual property comprises two main branches:

  1. industrial property (inventions, trademark and design)
  2. copyrighted materials (literary, musical, photographic, cinematographic and other artistic works).

The work of the WIPO consists of

  • administering international conventions
  • developing international standards
  • promoting modernization of national legislation in the protection of intellectual property
  • collecting and disseminating information
  • organizing meetings and seminars
  • providing legal and administrative support to Member States.


WIPO is governed by a General Conference, composed of all member states, and a General Assembly, composed of state members of the Paris and Berne Conventions.  

The highest public servant of the WIPO is the Director-General.


Databases and Indexes

The WIPO website provides access to several relevant databases.

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