Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO: Sixty-Third Series of Meetings

July 14 to 22, 2022

The Sixty-Third Series of Meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO will take place at the WIPO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

In order to enable compliance with current health and safety measures, the Assemblies will be held in a hybrid format.

Online registration

Opening of the Sessions

1. Opening of the Sessions (A/63/INF/1)

2. Adoption of the Agenda (A/63/1 Prov.2 (A/63/2 Prov.1)

3. Report of the Director General to the Assemblies of WIPO

4. General Statements

5. Election of Officers

Governing Bodies and Institutional Issues

6. Admission of Observers (A/63/3)

7. Approval of Agreements (WO/CC/81/1)

8. Draft Agendas for 2023 Ordinary Sessions (A/63/4)

9. New Electoral Cycle of the Officers of WIPO Assemblies and other Bodies (A/63/5)

WIPO Committees and International Normative Framework

10. Reports from WIPO Committees:

  1. The Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR) 
  2. The Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP) (WO/GA/55/2)
  3. The Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications (SCT) (WO/GA/55/3)
  4. Matters Concerning the Convening of a Diplomatic Conference for the Adoption of a Design Law Treaty (DLT) (WO/GA/55/4)
  5. The Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP) and Review of the Implementation of the Development Agenda Recommendations
  6. The Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (IGC)
  7. The Committee on WIPO Standards (CWS) (WO/GA/55/7)

Program, Budget and Oversight Matters

11. Reports on Audit and Oversight

  1. Report by the Independent Advisory Oversight Committee (IAOC)
  2. Report by the External Auditor
  3. Report by the Director of the Internal Oversight Division (IOD) (WO/GA/55/9)

12. Report on the Program and Budget Committee (PBC)

Staff matters

13. Reports on Staff Matters

  1. Report on Human Resources (WO/CC/81/INF/1)
  2. Report by the Ethics Office (WO/CC/81/INF/2)

14. Amendments to Staff Regulations and Rules (WO/CC/81/2)

Global Intellectual Property Services

15. WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, including Domain Names (WO/GA/55/10)

16. Madrid System (MM/A/56/1)

17. Hague System (H/A/42/1)

18. Lisbon System

Other Assemblies and Treaties

19. Budapest Union Assembly (BP/A/39/1)

Closing of the Sessions

20. Adoption of the Report

21. Closing of the Sessions

In-person participation

Access to WIPO and Current COVID-19 Pandemic Health and Safety Measure

  • Pedestrian entrance to the WIPO campus will be through the WIPO Access Center at 34 Chemin des Colombettes (north side of the WIPO AB Building).
  • For entrance by vehicle, refer to the “Parking” section.
  • Access to and presence on the WIPO campus will be restricted to badge-holders. Delegates will be subject to badge control at the entry points and, as access will be strictly controlled during the Assemblies, badges should be worn in plain sight at all times.
  • Access for persons with reduced mobility is available throughout the WIPO premises. Guide dogs for the visually impaired are allowed.  The WIPO Conference Hall is wheelchair accessible and equipped with audio-induction loop technology. 
  • Requests for information or assistance may be submitted to: meetings@wipo.int

Conference Badges

  • Geneva-based permanent mission delegates who already have valid UN photo badges may use them, together with the Assemblies conference badges.
  • Delegates other than Geneva-based ones will be provided with Assemblies conference badges, which will incorporate the delegates’ photos. Such delegates should send to conferencebadging@wipo.int, JPEG‑format photos (size:  2 x 2 inches [51 x 51 mm], square digital image of at least 600 x 600 pixels, or scanned at a resolution of 300 pixels per inch).  The photos should be taken in full-face view directly facing the camera with a white/off-white background.  Photos taken using smartphones are acceptable.  When sending photos, the names and/or registration confirmation numbers of registered participants in advance should also be provided, in order to accelerate on-site badge retrieval, particularly on the opening morning of the meeting. 
    • Collection of Assemblies conference badges is scheduled on:
      • Monday, July 11, 2022, from 1.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.
      • Tuesday, July 12, 2022, from 1.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.
      • Wednesday, July 13, 2022, from 1.30 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.
      • Thursday, July 14, 2022, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
      • Contact: meetings@wipo.int

Remote Participation

    • Delegates not attending in person may follow the live transmission of the Assemblies proceedings online, either through the live webcasting or through the online remote participation platform (“online platform”).
    • Interprefy User-guide PDF, Interprefy User-guide

    WIPO Virtual and Hybrid Meetings webpage

    • Delegates who may need to take the floor remotely should connect via the online platform. Registered remote delegates will be individually contacted concerning technical arrangements.  It is strongly suggested to familiarize yourselves with the platform before using it.
    • For any delegate who does not plan to take the floor, webcasting is the simplest way to follow the proceedings, since it is easy to access and does not require any pre-meeting authentication, training or connectivity testing processes. Webcasting is available in all UN languages.

Registration of delegates and credentials

  • As indicated in the invitation circular C. N 4092 sent on December 15, 2021, to Members and Observers accredited to WIPO, all delegates are requested to register online by July 1, 2022, including those based in Geneva.
  • Completing the online registration form is required, whether participating in person or remotely via the online platform. As usual, delegates planning to follow the proceedings via webcasting only do not need to register.  Delegates may indicate whether they will be participating in person and/or remotely via the online platform; and whether they expect to have a speaking role.
  • The submission of credentials is a pre-requisite for the completion of the online registration form. The credential document should be a dated and signed/stamped note verbale, official letter or document, originating from a competent authority of a Member State or Observer Organization accredited to WIPO, nominating the delegate to attend the Assemblies on behalf of said Member State or Observer Organization.
  • The secure code for online registration, provided in circular C. N 4092 of December 15, 2021, may be obtained in exceptional cases only from assemblies.registration@wipo.int.
  • Once registered online, each delegate receives by e-mail a registration number confirming their registration for the Assemblies. All registrations are subsequently verified by the Secretariat, which may individually contact a registered participant, if required (for instance, in case of questions regarding the credential document).  Delegates who have indicated that they will be participating remotely will also receive additional guidance, joining instructions and an invitation to a pre‑meeting mini-coaching and connectivity test session with a technical assistance expert.
  • Any questions or comments on the online registration procedure may be addressed to assemblies.registration@wipo.int.
  • Organizations must enjoy observer status at WIPO before any individual(s) representing them can register for this meeting. Procedures for organizations to request observer status are available on the WIPO website.

Funding of PCT and Madrid Delegates

  • Circulars C. M 1519 and C. PCT 1640 sent on March 15, 2022, provide all details to delegates funded.

Sessions/Work

Conduct of Sessions and Method of Work

Time of sessions:  10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Member delegates and Representatives of accredited observer organizations can attend the Assemblies in person or online.

General Statements

Delegations wishing to take the floor under Agenda Item 4 “General Statements” are encouraged to send their requests by July 7, 2022, to assemblies@wipo.int.  The list of speakers will be drawn-up on a “first-come-first-served basis”, which will be determined by the date of submission of requests received by the Secretariat (assemblies@wipo.int).

It is kindly recalled that requests for the floor should specify whether the oral statement of a group/delegation will be delivered:

  • by a delegate on-site,
  • live via the online platform, or
  • as a pre-recorded statement (to be sent in advance).

The rules which apply to General Statements and pre-recorded statements are the following:

  • General Statements delivered orally should be made within three minutes if delivered by Ministers on behalf of their Member States and Group Coordinators on behalf of their members (approximately 390 to 480 words, read at a speed that allows for accurate interpretation); within two minutes if delivered by individual Member States (approximately 260 to 320 words);  and within one minute (approximately 130 to 160 words) if delivered by Observers.  The time limit will be strictly applied and a display system will assist delegates to adhere to it.
  • In the interests of efficiency, delegates wishing to take the floor are invited to reduce courtesies to a minimum, so as to convey the substantive elements of their statement without delay. Furthermore, as group statements represent the position of all group members, we encourage individual Member States not to refer to them or restate positions already stated by the Group Coordinator.
  • If a statement cannot be delivered at a speed that allows for accurate interpretation within the prescribed time limit, it should be summarized orally and the full version submitted in writing to assemblies@wipo.int. In the interests of time, delegations may also choose to submit their entire General Statement in writing and not take the floor.
  • Each General Statement submitted in writing or in the form of a pre-recorded video to the Secretariat will also be posted on a dedicated page of the WIPO website. All statements, including those not delivered orally, will be reproduced in their entirety in the report.
  • Pre-recorded statements should be sent in a widescreen format (16:9) (not a vertical “selfie portrait”) using MOV or MP4 files with at least 720p, or better 1080p, quality. The speaker should face and address the camera lens when speaking.  The audio level should reach at least -6 dB and not go above 0 dB.  The recorded files may be transferred to assemblies@wipo.int and support@wipo.int via Wetransfer.com together with a written copy of the statement in the original UN language and, if available, in English.  Technical questions concerning pre-recorded statements may be addressed to av.support@wipo.int.

Report of the Meeting

In order to facilitate the drafting of the report of the meeting with the fullest and most accurate record of all interventions, delegations are requested to submit a written version of all their prepared statements as soon as possible after delivery, preferably on the same day.  Statements can be submitted by e-mail to assemblies@wipo.int.

Interpretation

During the plenary meetings, simultaneous interpretation will be available in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish, as well as from Portuguese into the other six languages.

Written text of any oral statement (even in draft form) should reach Ms. Christina Fertis, Chief Interpreter (christina.fertis@wipo.int, copy:  interpretation@wipo.int) ahead of delivery.  This is particularly important for long statements and interventions that are read or made remotely via the WIPO online platform. 

Sound Quality

To ensure better sound quality of interventions that are read or made remotely, delegates are advised to use wired headsets with an incorporated microphone. 

Availability of oral statements

The written texts of oral statements should be made available to interpreters prior to delivery, in order to assist them in faithfully transmitting the messages of delegates.  Any material for interpretation will be kept confidentially and will be checked against delivery.

Please send written texts of oral statements, which can be posted on the WIPO website after delivery, to assemblies@wipo.int (please indicate “Check Against Delivery”)

Room Bookings

  • Regional group coordinators should contact meetings@wipo.int to book a meeting room and will be advised of the room assignments in advance.
  • Regional group coordinators are kindly requested to inform in advance the meetings team of the anticipated schedule of their group meetings (meetings@wipo.int).
  • Interpretation requirements should be received as soon as possible and no later than 10.30 a.m. for afternoon meetings and 4 p.m. for meetings on the following morning (christina.fertis@wipo.int, copy: interpretation@wipo.int).  Confirmed group meetings will be announced on the WIPO electronic display panels located outside the meeting and conference rooms.

Bilateral Meetings

  • There is very limited availability of rooms at WIPO for bilateral meetings. We regret that, only in-person bilateral meetings can be arranged (no hybrid/remote connection).  Requests for room reservations at WIPO should be addressed to meetings@wipo.int.  Room allocation, according to overall availability, will commence as from June 7, 2022.  We regret that, in the interests of all delegations and in view of the limited facilities available, block bookings for a specific room over long periods cannot be arranged. 
  • Conference room attendants may also be contacted for last-minute room reservations.

Documentation

Information and documentation on the Assemblies are available online as follows:

Assemblies’ documents are posted on the WIPO website for downloading.  All documents are available on the WIPO website in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish, and in accessible format for those delegates with print disabilities.

In line with COVID-19 health and safety measures, the document distribution counter will be closed, and there will be no distribution of documents in meeting rooms.  Delegates are requested to bring pre‑printed copies and/or to use portable computers/devices.

List of Participants

  • A provisional list of participants will be posted on the first day of the Assemblies. It will include the online registrations received by 5 p.m. on Friday, July 1, 2022.
  • Online registrations submitted after that deadline will be reflected in the final list of participants, issued after the Assemblies.

 

Delegates' Corner

All delegates are cordially invited to attend the reception hosted by WIPO on the opening day of the Assemblies, at the end of the afternoon session.

Various workshops/seminars, exhibitions and receptions will be organized by WIPO and by delegations on the margins of the Assemblies.  Information about these events will be posted on the website.

Media

Journalists wishing to cover the Assemblies, and who are not UN-accredited, are invited to apply for media accreditation to WIPO.  All journalists applying for accreditation must submit proof that they represent a bona fide media organization according to the standards defined by the United Nations. Journalists must submit their request for accreditation to the News and Media Division on their media organization’s letterhead by e-mail at publicinf@wipo.int by June 30, 2022.  To facilitate coverage, a press room will be available in the foyer of the WIPO Conference Hall.

WIPO press officers will be available throughout the Assemblies to assist with any press requests (publicinf.mail@wipo.int;  Tel:  +41 22 338 8161 and +41 22 338 7224).  Delegations wishing to distribute their statements to the press can provide them to the WIPO press officers, the WIPO Conference staff or the document counter outside the plenary room.

Parking

  • WIPO car park located at 34 Chemin des Colombettes is accessible for pre-accredited vehicles from permanent missions with a magnetic WIPO access badge.
  • Delegates can park their cars on a first-come-first-served basis in the delegates parking area (Parking D, yellow ground on levels −2 and −3).
  • Vehicles which are not pre-accredited may park at the public car park “Parking des Nations” very close to WIPO.
Important Note: Parking outside the WIPO Access Center is strictly prohibited.

Cafeterias, Coffee Bar and Lunch Facilities

  • Tea and coffee will be available free of charge to delegates each day during the morning and afternoon sessions in the Conference Hall foyer.
  • Vending machines are located on the 13th floor and on the first basement floor (−1) of the WIPO AB Building.
  • Drinking water dispensers are available at different locations in the WIPO buildings, rooms and corridors.
  • The WIPO cafeteria service will be open and lunch will be served, with a variety of meal options, including vegetarian dishes and take-out options. Opening hours:  8 to 9.30 a.m. and noon to 2.30 p.m.

Website and Webcasting

The sessions will be publicly webcasted in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish.  After the Assemblies, the webcasting will remain available as video on demand (VOD) for a maximum of 12 months, after which the content will be archived.

Wireless Internet (Wi-Fi)

A free wireless Internet connection.  The access code will be provided to delegates at the WIPO registration desk.  In the plenary room, all delegates’ desks have two electrical plugs.

Telephone

Mobile phones should be switched to silent mode during meetings.

Miscellaneous

Delegates are discouraged from bringing their luggage to WIPO and to secure their personal property at all times.  All inquiries concerning lost and found items should be addressed to the WIPO Access Center (Tel:  +41 22 338 9338 or +41 22 338 7219 – 24/7).

WIPO Contact Center

It provides responses to general queries and facilitates meetings with WIPO staff members from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

WIPO Knowledge Center (WKC)

With its holdings of monographs and journals in paper and electronic format, the WKC collection, located in the New Building (NB Building), covers all aspects of intellectual property. A knowledge repository lists the titles available in the collection.

WIPO Photographer

As in previous years, WIPO’s official photographer will be present during the Assemblies to take photographs of delegates and make them available on WIPO’s Flickr site under the Creative Commons License CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 IGO.  Delegates can let the photographer know if they do not wish to be photographed during the Assemblies.  Photos can also be withdrawn from the Flickr site by sending an e‑mail to photos@wipo.int.

Insurance

All delegates are covered by WIPO’s insurance schemes for accidents and for urgent medical care following an illness during the Assemblies.

Medical Facilities

WIPO Medical Service

  • Open:  Monday to Friday from 8.30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Tel:  +41 22 338 8000
  • Location:  GBI Building, ground floor (right side of the lobby of the WIPO AB Building)

Emergency assistance required at WIPO’s headquarters outside of the WIPO Medical Unit opening hours: Tel: 022 338 9999 from a mobile phone (available 24/7).

Delegates Information Desk

CAGI supports delegates attending conferences at international organizations in Geneva.  CAGI representatives will be available at WIPO during the Assemblies at the Delegates Information Desk (DID) to provide information on meeting facilities, the city of Geneva and CAGI services.

Contact Details

Registration of delegates:

Funding of PCT and Madrid Delegates

  • Tel: +41 22 338 9862
  • email: assemblies.registration@wipo.int                                                            
  • Tel: +41 22 338 7242
  • Tel: +41 22 338 8493
  • email: meetings@wipo.int

Funding of PCT/Madrid delegates:

Documentation:

Premises and room bookings:

Internet and IT matters:

Other questions: