World Intellectual Property Organisation

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 Organisation (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.


WIPO promotes the development and use of the international IP system through:

  • Services - they run systems which make it easier to obtain protection internationally for patents, trademarks, designs and appellations of origin; and to resolve IP disputes.
  • Law - they help develop the international legal IP framework in line with society’s evolving needs.
  • Infrastructure - they build collaborative networks and technical platforms to share knowledge and simplify IP transactions, including free databases and tools for exchanging information.
  • Development - they build 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. WIPO provides economic analysis and statistics. And contributes IP-based solutions to help tackle global challenges.


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