World Intellectual Property Organization

Modalities of Legislative Assistance

WIPO provides legislative advice under a number of different modalities, in accordance with the specific interests and the requests of Member States. Legislative advice is provided on a strictly bilateral and confidential basis.

For example, a country that does not have IP legislation in a particular field may request from the WIPO Secretariat a draft law. The draft would take into account specific national considerations, such as that country’s membership of international agreements, and its level of economic development. The authorities of the requesting country would be encouraged to revise the draft as they see fit. The Secretariat would then provide comments on the revised text.

The enactment of such a law would not, however, be the end of the assistance, but rather the end of a first phase. Once the law was enacted, the Member State may request further WIPO assistance to aid its efficient implementation and enforcement. This might include generating awareness of the new legislation; and training officials, judges and lawyers.

The WIPO Secretariat also undertakes advisory missions to Member States upon request for bilateral discussions on legislative matters; or receives national officials and policy-makers for discussions at WIPO headquarters. Discussions on legislative matters are also addressed in the course of numerous other workshops, roundtables, seminars and meetings.

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