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Intellectual Property for Development

Intellectual Property for Development lies at the core of Strategic Goal III, Facilitating the Use of IP for Development, under the WIPO Strategic Framework and Program Structure of Program and Budget 2010-2011.

IP for Development is an emphatic articulation of the notion that IP is not an end in itself but rather is a tool that could power countries’ growth and development. WIPO, as the lead United Nations agency mandated to promote the protection of intellectual property through cooperation among states and in collaboration with other international organizations, is committed to ensuring that all countries are able to benefit from the use of IP for economic, social and cultural development. Implied in this are the notions of balance, accessibility and reward for creativity and innovation.

IP for Development is a goal that drives not only WIPO's development-specific programs, but all of its substantive areas of work, based on principles made clear under the WIPO Development Agenda. Technical assistance and capacity building programs and activities are custom-made, country-specific and demand-driven. They leverage all the resources available across WIPO.

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