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World Intellectual Property Organization

WIPO’s 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 system.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the United Nations agency dedicated to the use of intellectual property (patents, copyright, trademarks, designs, etc.) as a means of stimulating innovation and creativity. The agency was established in 1967 and has 187 member states. The Director General is Francis Gurry who was reelected for his second six years term in 2014

They promote the development and use of the international IP system through:

• Services - WIPO runs systems which make it easier to obtain protection internationally for patents, trademarks, designs and appellations of origin; and to resolve IP disputes.
• Law - WIPO helps develop the international legal IP framework in line with society’s evolving needs.
• Infrastructure - WIPO builds collaborative networks and technical platforms to share knowledge and simplify IP transactions, including free databases and tools for exchanging information. WIPO Green and WIPO Re:Search are hobs for developing and exchanging knowledge for companies and reasearchers in order to promote green tech and fight neglected diseases.
• Development - WIPO builds capacity in the use of IP to support economic development.
WIPO also work with member states and stakeholders to improve understanding and respect for IP worldwide. They provide economic analysis and statistics. And they contribute IP-based solutions to help tackle global challenges.

WIPO's nine strategic goals were adopted by the member states in December 2009 in the first phase of a comprehensive strategic realignment process within the Organization. They reflect the evolving challenges for WIPO and for intellectual property in today’s rapidly changing environment:

• Balanced Evolution of the International Normative Framework for IP
• Provision of Premier Global IP Services
• Facilitating the Use of IP for Development
• Coordination and Development of Global IP Infrastructure
• World Reference Source for IP Information and Analysis
• International Cooperation on Building Respect for IP
• Addressing IP in Relation to Global Policy Issues
• A Responsive Communications Interface between WIPO, its Member States and All Stakeholders
• An Efficient Administrative and Financial Support Structure to Enable WIPO to Deliver its Programs

The Strategic Goals provide the framework for WIPO's six year Medium Term Strategic Plan (2010 - 2015) and for the biennial Program and Budget.

Source: WIPO homepage
Participation in the committees in WIPO is covered by the Danish Patent and Trademark Office and the Danish Ministry of Culture (copyright matters).

17 July 2014