Assemblies Spotlight

Multilateralism in action: Decisions taken by member state delegates at the WIPO Assemblies bolster the global intellectual property (IP) framework, the future of innovation and WIPO’s role in promoting the economic, social and cultural development of all countries.

Joined by industry groups and civil society members from around the world, negotiators at the meetings debate a full agenda containing issues that shape our modern global economy.

On the agenda

The 2018 Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO, held September 24 – October 2 at WIPO Headquarters in Geneva, will consider a range of action items and feature high-level negotiations on the norms that underpin the IP rights that are increasingly critical components of global business and trade.

Those normative issues under consideration relate to the entire range of IP rights, touching on the future of copyright and related rights, patents, trademarks, industrial designs and geographical indications. Delegates will also reflect on issues relating to global development.

Video: The WIPO Assemblies by the numbers.

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.

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