World Intellectual Property Organization

Department for Transition and Developed Countries (TDC)

The Department for Transition and Developed Countries is responsible for providing support to improve the participation of Central European and Baltic States, Central Asian, Eastern European and Caucasian countries, as well as some Mediterranean countries, in the international intellectual property (IP) system. The Department also works to ensure these states share in the economic and social benefits of innovation and creativity. This is achieved in many ways, including by improving opportunities to make the most of creative and innovative potential, and by enhancing foreign investment and technology transfer activities. 

In terms of developed countries, the Department is focused on strengthening institutional relations with these countries. It also works on improving the coordination, promotion and delivery of WIPO services and programs in developed countries.

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What we are trying to achieve

Our work will contribute to the following WIPO goals and expected results in 2014/15:

Strategic Goal I: Balanced Evolution of the International Normative Framework for IP

  • Tailored and balanced IP legislative, regulatory and policy frameworks (I.2).

Strategic Goal II: Provision of Premier Global IP Services

  • Increased use of the PCT route for filing international patent applications (II.1).
  • Wider and better use of the Hague system, including by developing countries and LDCs (II.4).
  • Wider and better use of the Madrid & Lisbon systems, including by developing countries and LDCs (II.6).
  • International and domestic intellectual property disputes are increasingly prevented or resolved through mediation, arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution methods (II.8).

Strategic Goal III: Facilitating the Use of IP for Development

  • National innovation and IP strategies and plans consistent with national development objectives (III.1).
  • Enhanced human resource capacities able to deal with the broad range of requirements for the effective use of IP for development in developing countries, LDCs and countries with economies in transition (III.2).
  • Strengthened cooperation mechanisms and programs tailored to the needs of developing countries and LDCs (III.4).
  • Increased capacity of SMEs to successfully use IP to support innovation (III.6).

Strategic Goal IV: Coordination and Development of Global IP Infrastructure

  • Enhanced access to, and use of, IP information by IP institutions and the public to promote innovation and creativity (IV.2).
  • Enhanced technical and knowledge infrastructure for IP Offices and other IP institutions leading to better services (cheaper, faster, higher quality) to their stakeholders (IV.4).

These contribute to WIPO Strategic Goals I "balanced evolution of the international normative framework for IP"; II "provision of premier global IP services"; III "facilitating the use of IP for development"; and IV "coordination and development of global IP infrastructure".

What we do

Our activities include:

  • Providing support to countries in transition in order to assist them in creating and adjusting national intellectual property (IP) strategies, and providing advice on how to tailor such strategies to each government’s economic and cultural strategy with respect to creativity and innovation;
  • Developing and implementing capacity building and technical assistance cooperation plans with, and for, countries in transition;
  • Developing WIPO studies for countries in transition
  • Organizing roving seminars in developed countries that give a quick and comprehensive overview of WIPO services and initiatives; and
  • Organizing and coordinating the organization of WIPO events in transition and developed countries.

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