The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation.

International IP rules for a changing world

Follow policy discussions and negotiations on the future development of IP in our standing committees and meetings.

WIPO Assemblies

The 57th Series of Meetings of the Assemblies of the member states of WIPO will take place in Geneva from October 2 to 11, 2017.

Registration | Agenda | Meeting documents

Access to the world's IP information

Search technology, terminology and brand-related information in our free global databases. Download our other reference materials: publications, statistics, economic studies and more.


international and national patent documents

Global Brand Database

records of trademarks, appellations of origin and emblems from multiple national and international sources, including marks registered through WIPO’s Madrid System

Global Design Database

industrial design registrations from the Hague System and participating national collections


records of national IP laws and treaties of some countries

Strong demand for WIPO’s global IP services in 2016

WIPO registered growth in applications via its Patent Cooperation Treaty, Madrid and Hague Systems.  WIPO cybersquatting cases hit record in 2016, driven by new Top-Level Domain names

IP for development

Learn about our global cooperation and development activities, including capacity-building and assistance to IP offices. Consult information by country. Join a Technology and Innovation Support Center (TISC).

WIPO Academy

Sign up for distance learning or face-to-face courses all year round, taught by people who know intellectual property.

Download the 2017 catalogue of courses

Assistance for inventors

The Inventor Assistance Program matches inventors with patent attorneys willing to give them free legal advice on how to file a patent to protect their inventions.

WIPO's staff, member states and stakeholders share one goal: an efficient and accessible intellectual property system that provides benefits to all.