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 working closely with the World Trade Organization (WTO).


WIPO is governed by a General Conference, composed of all member states, and a General Assembly, composed of state members of the Paris convention (Protetction of industrial property) and Berne Convention (Protection of literary and artistic works).

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

More on WIPO

  • WIPO Library supports your intellectual property (IP) research.

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