Law and Legislative Advice Division

The Law and Legislative Advice Division is responsible for servicing the sessions of the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications (SCT). The Division also administers a number of international treaties and, in particular, the communication procedures under Article 6ter of the Paris Convention (protection of state emblems and names and emblems of international intergovernmental organizations).

The Division also provides legislative advice to member states in the area of trademarks, industrial designs and geographical indications and supports other organizational units as well as member states in outreach and capacity building activities on those subjects.

Our activities include:

  • Preparation and holding of sessions of the SCT (including research and document production).
  • Provision of legislative advice to member states.
  • Biannual electronic publication of Article 6ter communications and all related advice.
  • Organizing international symposia on geographical indications.
  • Advice (in-house and to third parties) on all matters concerning the law on international trademark, industrial design and geographical indications.


  • Senior Director: David Muls (photo on Flickr)
  • Program 2: Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications
  • Reporting to: DDG Binying Wang
  • Sector: Brands and Designs

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Further details available in the latest Program and Budget Report.