World Intellectual Property Organization

Flexibilities in the Intellectual Property System

Intellectual property (IP) systems have built in flexibilities to allow member states to implement IP laws and policies that are most suited to national and regional circumstances and capacities.

This webpage is part of the practical steps that member states agreed at the sixth session of the Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP) to further increase understanding and awareness of flexibilities. It provides resources on the use and implementation of flexibilities across the different domains of IP, and points to work taking place at WIPO and in other intergovernmental organizations.

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Road Map - Work related to flexibilities in the IP system within WIPO

As agreed at the sixth and eighth sessions of the CDIP, this roadmap provides guidance on WIPO’s work on flexibilities in the substantive sectors and Committees.

WIPO Work on Flexibilities
copyright Patents and Innovation Brands and Designs Sector Respect for IP Development Sector Global Issues
Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications (SCT) Advisory Commitee on Enforcement (ACE) WIPO Academy Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP) Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC) Global Challenges Division


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