WIPO Welcomes Two New Member States

September 19, 2017

WIPO's membership grew to 191 following the recent deposit of instruments of accession with the Director General to the Convention establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization by two countries.

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The Marshall Islands deposited its instrument of accession on September 11, 2017, making it the 190th member of WIPO.  On September 12, 2017, Ambassador Marciano Octavio Garcia Da Silva, Permanent Representative of Timor-Leste to the United Nations and other International Organizations in Geneva, deposited his country’s instrument of accession with WIPO Director General Francis Gurry.

The WIPO Convention enters into force for these two countries three months after the deposit of the instruments of accession with the Director General – on December 11, 2017 for the Marshall Islands and on December 12, 2017 for Timor-Leste.

Background

The WIPO Convention is the constituent instrument of the World Intellectual Property Organization.  It was signed at Stockholm on July 14, 1967 and entered into force in 1970.  The origins of WIPO go back to 1883 and 1886 when the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property and the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works provided for the establishment of an "International Bureau". The two bureaus were united in 1893 and in 1970 were replaced by the World Intellectual Property Organization, by virtue of the WIPO Convention.

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