Our mission is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international intellectual property (IP) system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all. Our mandate, governing bodies and procedures are set out in the WIPO Convention, which established WIPO in 1967.
Our 188 member states approve WIPO's strategic direction and activities in the annual meetings of the Assemblies.
Management & staff
Our staff (- the Secretariat), guided by our core values, provide the skills to implement the member states' decisions and deliver WIPO's diverse programs.
Some 250 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and intergovernmental organizations (IGOs) have official observer status at WIPO meetings.
We help governments, businesses and society realize the benefits of IP.
- a policy forum to shape balanced international IP rules for a changing world;
- global services to protect IP across borders and to resolve disputes;
- technical infrastructure to connect IP systems and share knowledge;
- cooperation and capacity-building programs to enable all countries to use IP for economic, social and cultural development;
- a world reference source for IP information
Each WIPO division, led by its Director, is responsible for specific programs to achieve our nine strategic goals and objectives:
- WIPO activities by unit
- The Year in Review: Report of the DG to the WIPO Assemblies 2015
- WIPO – Making IP Work (a quick introduction to WIPO and what we do)
The objectives, performance measures and budgetary planning for all WIPO's proposed activities are set out in our Program and Budget. We report to member states on the results each year in the Program Performance Report.
We submit two-yearly financial management reports and annual financial statements to the Assemblies of the Member States, prepared in accordance with the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS).
We employ talented individuals from around the globe to help us meet our challenges.
- Current vacancies
- Internship opportunities
We procure goods and services from suppliers worldwide. We focus on achieving the best value for money through a transparent procurement process.
- WIPO procurement process and procedures
- Current tenders
We work in close partnership with IP offices, IGOs, NGOs, and other public and private stakeholder throughout the world to deliver our programs.
World Intellectual Property Organization
34, chemin des Colombettes
CH-1211 Geneva 20, Switzerland
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