In addition, matters concerning the convening of a Diplomatic Conference for the adoption of a Design Law Treaty, and discussions on IP and genetic resources, traditional knowledge and folklore among other issues, are on the agenda. Delegates will also consider the opening of new WIPO external offices.
At the heart of WIPO’s operations are the global IP services it administers – systems based in WIPO’s 26 treaties that help innovators and creators protect and promote their products around the world.
Delegates will review the operations and consider future work of the International Patent System, the International Trademark System, the International Design System, the International System of Appellations of Origin and the Arbitration and Mediation Center, among other business.
Some 1,000 delegates from WIPO’s 191 member states are expected to attend the 2018 Assemblies. This multilateral work in Geneva represents the best of international cooperation – coming together to make IP work for everyone.