We cooperate with member states, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, and the enterprise sector worldwide to help them realize the benefits of the international intellectual property (IP) system for society.

Our cooperation activities take many forms including:

  • Assisting governments and individuals to use IP for economic development;
  • Building public-private partnerships to address global challenges; and
  • Cooperating with member states to develop global IP infrastructure and build respect for IP.
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The WIPO Academy is the center of excellence for IP human capacity building for WIPO member states.

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Until June 30, 2022


A WIPO Virtual Exhibition hosted by the WIPO Knowledge Center that takes a close-up look at how IP and ingenuity fuel an innovative public-private partnership tackling some of the world’s most devastating diseases.

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Development cooperation

As a specialized agency of the United Nations, we are committed to working with developing and least developed countries to enable them to reap benefits from the IP system and to enhance their participation in the global innovation economy.

Development Agenda

The Development Agenda ensures that development is taken into account at every step of our work. We do this through practical projects and activities, as well as by applying Organization-wide principles and objectives.

Using IP for Development

Front cover of WIPO publication Using IP for Development

IP success stories from around the world


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Technical assistance

We offer technical assistance development support both to governments and users of the IP system. Our support includes drafting national IP strategies, providing policy and legislative advice, and implementing business solutions for IP offices.


Human capacity building

We offer training to build skills in the administration and use of IP rights through WIPO Academy courses and other workshops.

Public-private partnerships

Public-private partnerships allow the enterprise sector and civil society to share their expertise to tackle borderless global challenges.

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The Patent Information Initiative for Medicines (Pat-INFORMED) provides a service to the global health community, particularly those involved in procurement of medicines, by facilitating easy access to medicine patent information.

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Accessible Books Consortium

The Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) works within the IP system to increase the number of books worldwide in accessible formats and to make them available to the people who need them.

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WIPO Re:Search

Through innovative research partnerships and knowledge sharing, WIPO Re:Search catalyzes the development of medical products to treat neglected tropical diseases, malaria, and tuberculosis.



By connecting technology and service providers with those seeking innovative solutions WIPO GREEN serves as an interactive marketplace that promotes the spread of green technologies to combat climate change.



Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI) helps to improve the availability of scientific and technical information in developing countries.



Through Access to Specialized Patent Information (ASPI), eligible institutions in developing countries can access sophisticated patent data tools and services.


WIPO Match

WIPO Match is an online tool which matches seekers of specific IP-related development needs with potential providers offering resources.


WIPO Alert

A secure, online platform to which authorized bodies in WIPO member states can upload details of websites or apps which have been determined to infringe copyright according to national rules.


WIPO for Creators

WIPO for Creators is an open public–private partnership launched by WIPO and the Music Rights Awareness Foundation.

Global cooperation

We cooperate with all our member states to develop the technical infrastructure used to share work, data and knowledge, as well as to build respect for IP.

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Global IP infrastructure

We manage global databases and information technology platforms for cooperation amongst offices in various areas such as the digital exchange of priority documents and the exchange of search and examination results.

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Building respect for IP

We work globally, with our member states as well as public and private organizations, to help develop understanding of and respect for IP.