Committee on WIPO Standards (CWS)

The CWS is the collaborative international forum for discussing and reaching agreement on WIPO Standards, including their revision and development. It also deals with other matters relating to industrial property information and documentation.

The Committee was created by WIPO member states at the General Assembly held in 2009 and it currently meets annually.

Our brochure gives you an overview of what WIPO Standards are and how they can help you.

Circular C.CWS 88:Update of the Survey on the Presentation of Priority Application Numbers

Circular C.CWS 87:Nominations for new CWS Tasks and Task Forces established at the CWS/5

Circular C.CWS 73: Survey on Numbering of Applications and Priority Applications – Former Practices

Circular C.CWS 72: Establishment of Part 7 Task Force and Authority File Task Force

Circular C.CWS 71: Workshop on applicant name standardization and meetings of CWS Task Forces

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Committee meetings

Committee members include all WIPO member states as well as a range of observers.

Latest meetings

Young-Woo Yun, Head of WIPO's Standards Section gives a short summary of the most recent CWS meeting.

Issues currently under discussion

Work Program Overview PDF, CWS Work Program Overview

Task No. 58: Prepare a proposal for a roadmap of future development and enhancement of WIPO standards, including policy recommendations, in view of more effective production, sharing, and utilization of data by IPOs and other interested parties.

Task No. 59: Explore the possibility of using blockchain technology in the processes of providing IP rights protection, processing information about IP objects and their use; Collect information about IPO developments in use of and experience with blockchain, assess current Industry Standards on blockchain and consider merit and applicability to IPOs; Develop a model to standardize approaches of using blockchain technology in the IP field, including guiding principles, common practice and use of terminology as a framework supporting collaboration, joint projects and proofs of concept; and Prepare a proposal for a new WIPO standard applying blockchain technology in the processes of providing IP rights protection, processing information about IP objects and their use.

Task No. 60: Prepare a proposal for the numbering of INID codes in WIPO Standard ST.60 regarding word marks and figurative marks; on splitting INID code (551), and a potential INID code for combined marks.

Task No. 61: Prepare a proposal for recommendations on three-dimensional (3D) models and images.

Task No. 62: Review WIPO Standards: ST.6, ST.8, ST.10, ST.11, ST.15, ST.17, ST.18, ST.63 and ST.81 in view of electronic publication of IP documentation; and propose revisions of those Standards if needed.

Task No. 63: Develop visual representation(s) of XML data, based on WIPO XML Standards, for electronic publication.

Task forces and e-forums

The CWS establishes Task Forces consisting of policy makers and experts nominated by Committee members and observers to address specific tasks, such as the development of WIPO Standards.

Dedicated e-forums (Wikis) are provided by WIPO to facilitate the discussions of Task Force members.

Activities

WIPO Standards

WIPO Standards provide a single, common framework for working with the information contained within industrial property documents.

They cover patents, trademarks, and industrial designs and are used at all stages of the industrial property prosecution process, as well as for data dissemination.

Workshops

We organize workshops for IP offices, observers, representatives of industry, and other interested parties on various aspects of IP information.

The results of our workshops are presented to the CWS for further consideration.