WIPO provides a global policy forum, where governments, intergovernmental organizations, industry groups and civil society come together to address evolving intellectual property (IP) issues.
Our member states and observers meet regularly in the various WIPO Committees and decision-making bodies. Their challenge is to negotiate the changes and new rules needed to ensure that the international IP system keeps pace with the changing world, and continues to serve its fundamental purpose of encouraging innovation and creativity.
Established by the WIPO Convention, these constituent organs, are WIPO’s highest decision-making bodies. They traditionally meet in September/October each year in either ordinary or extraordinary session.
Any WIPO Standing Committee or other body can also decide to establish a working group to examine a particular question in more detail.
If one of the Standing or Permanent Committees determines that sufficient progress has been made to move towards treaty adoption, the General Assembly can decide to convene a Diplomatic Conference. This is a high level meeting of member states, convened with the sole purpose of finalizing negotiations on a new treaty. The most recent have included:
Universities and public research institutions (PRIs) play an important role in advancing the frontiers of science and technology. WIPO undertakes a growing range of activities to support the development of IP policies for universities and PRIs around the world.
IP is an important component of economic policies. WIPO contributes to better understanding of the economic effects of IP policy choices, and offers a first entry point for information on the economics of IP.
Innovation has brought major advances in public health. The challenge for public and global health policymakers is to provide the necessary incentives for innovation and to promote access to more effective health products and services, particularly where they are most needed.