World Intellectual Property Organization

National IP Strategies

WIPO assists developing and least developed countries (LDCs) to produce national intellectual property (IP) strategies. We draw on our unique global expertise to help nations avoid common pitfalls and ensure that the best possible strategies emerge.

A national IP strategy consists of a set of measures, formulated and implmented by governments. These measures encourage and facilitate the effective creation, development, management, and protection of IP at national level. It is a cross-cutting document, which outlines links with diverse policy areas to ensure effective coordination with other activities.

A national IP strategy strengthens a country's ability to generate economically valuable IP assets. All countries have wealth in the form of human capital; literary and artistic works; crafts and folklore; and genetic and biological assets. An IP strategy helps nations unlock these assets in a planned, efficient, and sustainable manner.

Although the goals, needs and priorities underpinning a national IP strategy can vary significantly from one country to another, their very existence across diverse countries suggests that using a common methodology and specifically designed tools can facilitate an efficient, harmonized approach to strategy formulation. As a global IP actor, WIPO is ideally placed to draw on its unique experience to help beneficiaries produce better IP strategies.


Development of national IP strategies

WIPO’s methodology, designed, tested and consolidated as part of the Organization’s Development Agenda, provides guidance to those involved in the preparation of national IP strategies.

The methodology comprises:

  • a thorough research and IP audit phase; and
  • a national consultation process for the review, discussion, and consolidation of strategic approaches regarding the use of IP to support national development goals.

Methodology for the development of national IP strategies

The WIPO methodology is divided into four tools:

NIPS online platform

The national IP strategies (NIPS) online platform enables the storage of data collected through the baseline surveys and exercises in the WIPO NIPS methodology.

The NIPS online platform is only open to registered users.

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