WIPO works in close cooperation with governments, with intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, and with multiple public and private sector stakeholders worldwide to help them realize the benefits of the international IP system for society.
Our cooperation activities take many forms, including:
- Assisting individual countries and regions with using IP for economic development
- Coordinating with IP offices to develop technical infrastructure to share work, data and knowledge
- Cooperating with member states to build respect for IP
- Building multi-stakeholder partnership platforms to address global challenges.
As a United Nations agency, WIPO is committed to working with developing and least developed countries to enable them to reap benefits from the IP system and to enhance their participation in the global innovation economy.
The Development Agenda ensures that development considerations form an integral part of WIPO's work. The effective implementation of the Development Agenda, including the mainstreaming of its recommendations into our substantive programs, is a key priority.
We help countries design, develop and implement national IP and innovation strategies, aligned with their development strategies.
We provide business systems for IP offices from all regions to enable them to participate effectively in the global IP system.
We provide tailored advice to individual member states who request our assistance in developing their national IP legislative and policy frameworks.
We deliver capacity-building and training to build IP-related skills, including through workshops, seminars and WIPO Academy courses.
We coordinate and plan our cooperation with and assistance to individual countries, country groups, and regions through our focal points in the following WIPO units:
- Regional Bureaus for Africa; Arab countries; Asia and the Pacific; Latin America and the Caribbean
- Division for Least Developed Countries (LDCs)
- Department for Transition and Developed Countries
- South-South cooperation
Funds-In-Trust (FIT) are funds voluntarily provided to WIPO by donor countries. Such funds are used for technical assistance and capacity-building projects in developing and least developed countries (LDCs), as well as in countries in transition.
The WIPO Country Profiles provide quick access to the information for each country contained in multiple WIPO databases, including cooperation activities, Treaty membership, IP statistics, case studies and more.
We cooperate with IP offices and other stakeholders to develop interoperable tools, standards, databases and platforms, which help IP offices collaborate, and make it easier to access the IP system.
We work with member states to raise awareness and understanding of IP, to strengthen their capacity for enforcement, and to support empirically-based discussion of enforcement issues.
Our partnership platforms are designed to facilitate collaboration and the sharing of technologies to address major challenges: