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WIPO Standards

Part 3 of the Handbook on Industrial Property Information and Documentation

This part of the WIPO Handbook contains the full text of WIPO Standards, Recommendations and Guidelines established with the intention of harmonizing industrial property information practices of WIPO member states, thereby promoting international exchange of industrial property documents and related data.


WIPO Standards are expressed in the form of recommendations and are directed to States and international organizations, in particular to their national or regional industrial property offices, to the International Bureau of WIPO, and to any other national or international institution interested in industrial property documentation and information.


In the framework of the international cooperation promoted by WIPO in the field of industrial property information and documentation, standardization efforts have resulted in over 50 WIPO Standards, Recommendations and Guidelines related to patents, trademarks and industrial designs.


WIPO Standards facilitate the harmonization of practices by industrial property offices regarding electronic data processing in respect of the procedures for filing, examination, publication, granting and registration of industrial property titles. WIPO Standards also facilitate the international transmission, exchange, sharing and dissemination of industrial property information (text and images), as well as access to and retrieval of this information.


Any new Standard or revised version of already existing Standards will be added to those published here subsequent to the adoption thereof by the Committee on WIPO Standards (CWS).

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