World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

Organisation mondiale de la propriété intellectuelle (OMPI)
Organización Mundial de la Propiedad Intelectual (OMPI)
Всемирная Oрганизация Интеллектуальной Cобственности (ВОИС)

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1967-07-14 Stockholm Sweden


Established 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 Jun 1972. Origins of the present WIPO go back to two principal international intellectual property treaties, the T-XT0063 - Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, 1883 of 20 Mar 1883, establishing F-XF2669 - International Union for the Protection of Industrial Property (Paris Union), and the T-XT0066 - Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, 1886 of 9 Sep 1886, adopted 5 Dec 1887, established F-XF2670 - 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 F-XF1000 - United Nations System, linked to E-XE3377 - ECOSOC. Statutes registered in 'LNTS 4459'.


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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General Assembly; Coordination Committee; Conference; Permanent Committees (4). Standing Committees (4); Working Groups; Diplomatic Conferences; Sectors (7), headed by Deputy Director General or Assistant Director General, under the overall leadership of Director General; External offices (7): Algeria; Brazil; China; Japan; Nigeria; Russia; Singapore.


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GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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