Committee on WIPO Standards (CWS)

The Commitee on WIPO Standards (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, surveys and other materials.

Session of the CWS
Delegates at a meeting of the CWS (Photo: WIPO). More CWS photos on Flickr.

Circular C.CWS 73: Survey on Numbering of Applications and Priority Applications – Former Practices

Circular C.CWS 72: Establishment of Part 7 Task Force and Authority File Task Force

Circular C.CWS 71: Workshop on applicant name standardization and meetings of CWS Task Forces

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Task Forces and e-forums

The Committee establishes Task Forces consisting of experts nominated by the CWS members and observers to address specific tasks. Task Forces report on their discussions and agreements to the CWS for subsequent consideration.

Task Forces have been playing a key role in developing WIPO Standards since 1994. Their success is mainly due to flexible working procedures, in particular, intensive use of electronic means of communication.


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

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.