General Information


World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Room A
34, chemin des Colombettes
1211 Geneva 20


Information and Registration

The registration desk is situated in the main entrance lobby of WIPO. This desk will function for information and registration on Thursday, May 22, 2008, from 1 p.m.


Opening Session

Thursday, May 22, 2008, at 2 p.m.



Simultaneous interpretation is provided in English, French and Spanish, the languages being identified on the control switch as follows: 1. English; 2. French; 3. Spanish; 4. Speaker's language.


Admission Badges

Admission badges are issued to participants at the time of registration, at the registration desk. Participants are requested to wear their badges when they are in the WIPO buildings.


Telephone and Communication

Calls can be made from telephones which could be found at WIPO’s lobby.  All incoming communications should be made to the following numbers:  WIPO reception desk: (41 22) 791 9111.


Internet Café

Several PCs are available at the mezzanine floor and in the Information Center at the lobby for use by participants. For those with laptops and WI-FI access cards, WI FI is available in the lobby of the building.


Documents Counter

The WIPO documents counter is located before the entrance of Room A and will be open on Thursday, May 22, 2008, from 1 p.m.



Carlson Wagonlit Travel has an office at WIPO headquarters which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday (Telephone: (41 22) 734 3000). Participants are requested to contact Carlson Wagonlit if they require assistance with travel arrangements.  Please ensure you make the preparations necessary to obtain a visa for entry to Switzerland if your nationality requires it.


Public Transport

Buses to and from Geneva city center (and the railway station) stop at avenue Guiseppe Motta outside the ITU tower (bus lines 8, 11 and 14 stop at "UIT") and Place des Nations (bus lines 5, 28, F, V, Z and tram lines 13 and 15 stop at "Nations"). For more information see



The nearest taxi rank is situated on chemin Louis-Dunant. Taxis can be called by dialling (41 22) 320 2202 or (41 22) 320 2020.



Participants may be dropped off by car near to the roundabout in front of the main entrance to the WIPO Headquarters, but no parking is allowed there. Chauffeur-driven official cars should not remain parked in the vicinity of the entrance, but should leave the area and return just before the expected end of the meeting.



  • Postal service:  There is a Post Office on the ground floor of the International Conference Center Geneva (CICG) located across the street at 17, rue de Varembé. Hours: 8 a.m. to 12 noon and 2 to 6 p.m. Postage stamps could also be bought from the Information Center located at the lobby.
  • Bank: An office of the Union de Banques Suisses (UBS) is situated across the street at 17 chemin Louis-Dunant. Hours: 8.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. (Monday to Friday). An Automated Teller Machine (ATM) is also located at the right side of WIPO's main lobby.
  • Cloak stand: Self-service cloak stands, situated in front of Room A, is available for the use of the participants. This area is unattended, and WIPO can take no responsibility for loss or theft.
  • Cafeteria: A self-service cafeteria is located at the ground floor of the OMPI/PCT Building Annex (ex OMM) and could be accessed by elevator near the ATM on the right side of WIPO's main lobby. It is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.



There are a number of restaurants in the vicinity offering a wide range of cuisine (Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, Thai, etc.).


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