World Intellectual Property Organization

Digital Agenda

The WIPO Digital Agenda received approval from WIPO's Member States at their General Assembly in September 1999.

  • Broaden the participation of developing countries through the use of WIPONET and other means for:
  • access to IP information
  • participation in global policy formulation
  • opportunities to use their IP assets in e-commerce.
  • Promote adjustment of the international legislative framework to facilitate e-commerce through:
  • Implement the recommendations of the Report of the WIPO Domain Name Process and pursue the achievement of compatibility between identifiers in the real and virtual worlds through the establishment of rules for mutual respect and the elimination of contradictions between the domain name system and intellectual property rights.
  • Develop appropriate principles with the aim of establishing, at the appropriate time at the international level, rules for determining the circumstances of intellectual property liability of Online Service Providers which are compatible and workable within a framework of general liability rules for OSPs.
  • Promote adjustment of the institutional framework for facilitating the exploitation of intellectual property in the public interest in a global economy and on a global medium through administrative coordination and, where desired by users, the implementation of practical systems in respect of:
  • the interoperability and interconnection of electronic copyright management systems and the metadata of such systems
  • the online licensing of the digital expression of cultural heritage
  • the online administration of IP disputes.
  • Introduce and develop online procedures for the filing and administration of international applications for the PCT, the Madrid System and the Hague Agreement at the earliest possible date.
  • Study and, where appropriate, respond in a timely and effective manner to the need for practical measures designed to improve the management of cultural and other digital assets at the international level by, for example, investigating the desirability and efficacy of:
  • model procedures and forms for global licensing of digital assets
  • the notarization of electronic documents
  • the introduction of a procedure for the certification of websites for compliance with appropriate intellectual property standards and procedures.
  • Study any other emerging intellectual property issues related to electronic commerce and, where appropriate, develop norms in relation to such issues.
  • Coordinate with other international organizations in the formulation of appropriate international positions on horizontal issues affecting IP, in particular:

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