World Intellectual Property Organization

Committee on WIPO Standards (CWS)

The CWS is the collaborative international forum for discussing and reaching agreement on WIPO Standards, their revision and development, as well as on other matters relating to industrial property information and documentation. It was created by WIPO member states at the General Assembly held in 2009.

WIPO Standards contain recommendations on various aspects of patents, trademarks and industrial designs and are directed to any interested party producing or using such information.

The online Handbook on Industrial Property Information and Documentation reflects the results of the Committee’s work and contains WIPO Standards, CWS surveys and other materials.


The Committee meets on annual basis and its membership comprises all WIPO member states and observers.

Session of the CWS
Committee on WIPO Standards (CWS). More photos of the CWS on Flickr. (Photo: WIPO)


The CWS Work Program is presented as a task list, which is reviewed by the CWS at every session.

In order to address specific tasks, the Committee may establish task forces consisting of experts nominated by the CWS members and observers. Task forces report on their discussions and agreements to the CWS for subsequent consideration.

The International Bureau collects and publishes the annual technical reports (ATR) on patents, trademarks and industrial design documentation activities prepared by industrial property offices within the framework of CWS Task No. 24.


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