World Intellectual Property Organization

International Cooperation

Part 2 of the Handbook on Industrial Property Information and Documentation

Standing Committee on Information Technologies (SCIT) and Standards and Documentation Working Groups (SDWG)

The Standing Committee on Information Technologies (SCIT) will give policy guidance and technical advice on the overall IT strategy of WIPO, including WIPO Standards and the documentation aspects of intellectual property (IP).

WIPO Global IP Protection systems

  • 2.2.1  International Patent applications: 
    PCT Resources - Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) - PatentScope Search
    The Treaty makes it possible to seek patent protection for an invention simultaneously in each of a large number of countries by filing an "international" application.
  • 2.2.2  International Registration of Marks: 
    The Madrid system for the international registration of marks - Madrid Express Search
    Thanks to the international procedural mechanism, the Madrid system offers a trademark owner the possibility to have the trademark protected in several countries by simply filing one application directly with his own national or regional trademark office.
  • 2.2.3  International Registration of Industrial Design: 
    The Hague system for the international registration of industrial designs - Hague Express search
    This system gives the owner of an industrial design the possibility to apply for industrial design protection in several countries by simply filing one application with the International Bureau of WIPO.

WIPO Convention, Members, and Decision-Making bodies

  • 2.3.1  WIPO Convention
    WIPO was established by the WIPO Convention in 1967 with a mandate from its Member States to promote the protection of Intellectual Property (IP) throughout the world through cooperation among states and in collaboration with other international organizations. Its headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • 2.3.2  WIPO Member States - Directory of IP Offices
    For each Member State, this section provides information on membership of the different WIPO treaties, national IP legislation, contact details of IP Offices, etc.
  • 2.3.3  WIPO Decision-Making bodies
    WIPO's strategic direction, budget and activities are determined by its Member States who meet in the Assemblies, Committees and other decision making bodies. The WIPO Secretariat coordinates formal and informal meetings of the Member States bodies throughout the year.

WIPO International Cooperation in the IP field

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