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Types of WIPO Award

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WIPO Medal for Inventors

The WIPO Medal for Inventors was launched in 1979 to stimulate inventive and innovative activity around the world and to recognize the contribution of inventors to national wealth and development.

The WIPO Medal for Inventors is offered by national and international organizations to outstanding inventors. Particular attention is given to those who have made inventions which are considered to be significant contributions to the economic and technological development of their countries. Candidates for the award of the WIPO Medal for Inventors must have obtained or applied for a patent or utility model for their innovation.

WIPO Medals are offered in the context of international exhibitions or competitions at the highest national level (such as the International Exhibition of Inventions, Geneva, or the Seoul International Invention Fair). Since 1979 some 2,000 medals have been bestowed upon inventors from over 130 countries, the majority from developing countries and countries in transition.

The selection procedure is the responsibility of the organizers, within the framework of the guidelines provided by WIPO.

WIPO Medal for Creativity

The WIPO Medal for Creativity recognizes outstanding authors, designers, performers and producers, including the creators of software.

The WIPO Medal for Creativity is offered to those individuals who have made a substantial contribution to cultural, social and economic development in the field of copyright and related rights. It recognizes those whose artistry and imagination have resulted in works, designs (including textile designs), performances or productions that have had outstanding impact or whose activities have fostered greater respect for the creative output of those working in the cultural, entertainment and software sectors.

The WIPO Medal for Creativity may be given in the context of a national award scheme in the field of cultural and artistic achievement, software development, multimedia or the like. The selection criteria may include the candidates’ cultural or economic contribution, the level of public interest that they have inspired and their potential to act as role models for others.

The selection procedure is the responsibility of the organizers, within the framework of the guidelines provided by WIPO.

WIPO Users’ Trophy

The WIPO Users’ Trophy is awarded to users of WIPO’s IP services. The Trophy recognizes the early adoption or innovative use of these services.

These services include the PCT System (patents), the Madrid System (trademarks), the Hague System (designs) and the Lisbon System (appellations of origin), together with the services of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center .

The WIPO Users’ Trophy is awarded at the discretion of WIPO.

WIPO IP Enterprise Trophy

The objective of the WIPO IP Enterprise Trophy is to encourage businesses, including small and medium-sized enterprises, and institutions to make imaginative use of the IP system in their business activities. It is also intended to recognize companies that have undertaken successful activities to build public respect for IP.

Candidates eligible for the WIPO IP Enterprise Trophy are those that make outstanding use of the IP system by, for example:

  • Exploiting IP information in support of innovative commercial strategies;
  • Executing an innovative marketing strategy based on an effective trademark;
  • Developing successful strategies for the commercialization of university-based innovation;
  • Developing public campaigns to promote appreciation of their IP assets;
  • Encouraging creative and inventive activity among staff;
  • Creating corporate social responsibility programs to use the benefits of successful IP-based business for public goals.

The WIPO IP Enterprise Trophy can be given on the occasion of international exhibitions (industrial, technological or commercial) or conferences of national importance. The aim is to publicize the role of IP rights as important business assets, to encourage enterprises to make creative use of the IP system and to recognize acts of good citizenship by IP-based businesses.

The selection procedure is the responsibility of the organizers, within the framework of the guidelines provided by WIPO.

WIPO Schoolchildren’s Trophy

The WIPO Schoolchildren’s Trophy is awarded to children in primary or secondary education who have achieved distinction in a field of school activity related to the IP system. It gives recognition to outstanding efforts in the field of innovation and creativity.

WIPO Awards have been given to schoolchildren for achievement in invention, design, film-making and creative writing, including the composition of essays on IP.

The selection procedure is the responsibility of the organizers, within the framework of the guidelines provided by WIPO.

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