Global Health and IP

Scientific and technological innovation has contributed to significant advances in public health. The challenge for policymakers is to establish an environment that stimulates health innovation while ensuring widespread access to new, more effective products to address unmet global health needs.

WIPO’s Global Challenges program seeks to raise awareness and understanding of the complex linkages between global health and access to medical technologies, innovation, technology transfer and trade. The goal is to leverage intellectual property as a tool that contributes to meet the world’s most pressing health needs.

Heads of WHO, WIPO and WTO address Symposium on Future for Medical and Pharmaceutical Innovation
Directors General of WTO, WIPO and WHO address the Joint Technical Symposium on Medical Innovation - Changing Business Models (photo: WIPO).

Trilateral cooperation

The World Health Organization (WHO), WIPO and the World Trade Organization (WTO) cooperate on issues around global health, intellectual property and trade.


Upcoming and past symposia, workshops and other events.

WIPO Re:Search

WIPO Re:Search is a consortium through which public and private sector organizations around the world share valuable intellectual property and expertise with the global health research community to promote development of new drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics in the fight against neglected tropical diseases, malaria, and tuberculosis.

Learn more about WIPO Re:Search

Lab work on neglected tropical diseases within the framework of WIPO Re:Search
WIPO Re:Search is a searchable database of IP assets and resources related to neglected tropical diseases (Video).