World Intellectual Property Organization

WIPO Convention and Conventions Administered by WIPO

(as of December 2005)


WIPO Convention :

It is the constituent instrument of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), was signed at Stockholm on July 14, 1967, entered into force in 1970 and was amended in 1979.

Paris Convention :

It applies to industrial property, including patents, marks, industrial designs, utility models, trade names, geographical indications and the repression of unfair competition. Concluded in 1883, the Paris Convention was revised at Brussels in 1900, at Washington in 1911, at The Hague in 1925, at London in 1934, at Lisbon in 1958 and at Stockholm in 1967, and it was amended in 1979.

Berne Convention :

Concerning the Protection of Literary and Artistic Work, concluded in 1886, it was revised at Paris in 1896 and at Berlin in 1908, completed at Berne in 1914, revised at Rome in 1928, at Brussels in 1948, at Stockholm in 1967 and at Paris in 1971, and was amended in 1979.

Madrid Agreement :

Concerning the Repression of False or Deceptive Indications of Source on Goods, the Agreement, concluded in 1891, was revised at Washington in 1911, at The Hague in 1925, at London in 1934, at Lisbon in 1958, and at Stockholm in 1967.

Madrid Agreement and the Protocol :

Concerning the International Registration of Marks, it was concluded in 1891 and revised at Brussels (1900), Washington (1911), The Hague (1925), London (1934), Nice (1957), and Stockholm (1967), and amended in 1979, and the Protocol relating to that Agreement, was concluded in 1989, with the aim of rendering the Madrid system more flexible and more compatible with the domestic legislations of certain countries which had not been able to acceed to the Agreement.

Hague Agreement :

Concerning the International Deposit of Industrial Designs, the Hague Agreement concluded in 1925, was revised at London in 1934 and at The Hague in 1960. It was completed by an Additional Act signed at Monaco in 1961 and by a Complementary Act signed at Stockholm in 1967, which was amended in 1979. A further Act was adopted at Geneva in 1999.

Nice Agreement :

Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks, the Nice Agreement concluded in 1957, was revised at Stockholm in 1967 and at Geneva in 1977, and it was amended in 1979.

Lisbon Agreement :

Concerning the Protection of appellations of origin and their international registration, the Lisbon Agreement, concluded in 1958, was revised in Stockholm in 1967, and was amended in 1979.

Rome Convention :

The Convention secures protection in performances of performers, phonograms of producers of phonograms and broadcasts of broadcasting organizations (1961).

Locarno Agreement :

It establishes a classification for industrial designs. Concluded in 1968, it was amended in 1979.

The Patent Cooperation Treaty :

The PCT makes it possible to seek patent protection for an invention simultaneously in each of a large number of countries by filing an “international” patent application. The PCT was concluded in 1970, amended in 1979 and modified in 1984.

Strasbourg Agreement :

The Agreement establishes the International Patent Classification (IPC) which divides technology into eight sections with approximately 67,000 subdivisions. Commonly referred to as the IPC Agreement, it was concluded in 1971 and amended in 1979.

Phonograms Convention :

The Convention provides for the obligation of each contracting State to protect a producer of phonograms who is a national of another contracting State against the making of duplicates without the consent of the producer, against the importation of such duplicates, where the making or importation is for the purposes of distribution to the public, and against the distribution of such duplicates to the public. (Geneva, 1971).

Vienna Agreement :

Establishing a classification for marks which consist of or contain figurative elements, the Vienna Agreement, concluded in 1973, was amended in 1985.

Budapest Treaty :

On the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure, the Treaty concluded in 1977, was modified in 1980.

Nairobi Treaty :

On the Protection of the Olympic Symbol (1981).

Trademark Law Treaty :

The aim of the Treaty is to make national and regional trademark registration systems more user-friendly (Geneva, 1994).

Brussels Convention :

Relating to the Distribution of Programme-Carrying Signals Transmitted by Satellite, the Convention was concluded in 1974.

Film Register Treaty :

On the International Registration of Audiovisual Works (Geneva, 1989).

Patent Law Treaty (PLT) :

The aim of the PLT is to harmonize and streamline formal procedures in respect of national and regional patent applications and patents, and thus to make such procedures more user-friendly (2000).

Washington Treaty :

Treaty on Intellectual Property in Respect of Integrated Circuits (Washington, 1989)

WIPO Copyright Treaty :

The Treaty was concluded in Geneva on December 20, 1996, and by December 31, 1997, when it closed for signature, had been signed by 50 States and the European Community.

WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty :

The WPPT The Treaty was concluded on December 20, 1996, and by December 31, 1997 when it closed for signature, had been signed by 49 States and the European Community.

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