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 (IP) 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 WIPO, WHO and WTO address the Joint Technical Symposium on Sustainable Development Goals. (Photo: WIPO/Berrod)

Trilateral cooperation

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

Meetings

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 IP 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