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WIPO’s Global IP Filing Services Reach Record Levels Despite Pandemic

Innovative enterprises and individuals around the world overcame the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021 to drive WIPO’s global intellectual property services for patents, trademarks and designs to record-setting levels.

February 10, 2022   |   WIPO In Focus

China Joins Two Key WIPO Treaties

China has joined WIPO’s Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs, marking a major development for the International Design System, as well as the Marrakesh Treaty, bringing one of the world’s great cultural and literary traditions into the Marrakesh community.

February 5, 2022   |   WIPO In Focus

WIPO Launches New Global Awards Program; Small and Medium Enterprises Are First Category

WIPO has launched a new global awards program to recognize exceptional enterprises and individuals using intellectual property to make a positive impact both at home and beyond their own borders. The first WIPO Global Awards will be granted in July 2022 to five small and medium-sized enterprises, which are the largest business sector in many countries and are critical to future economic growth.

December 15, 2021   |   WIPO In Focus

Worldwide Filings for Patent, Trademark, Design Rebound in 2020 Despite Global Pandemic

Worldwide intellectual property filing activity filing activity rebounded in 2020 illustrating the resilience of human innovation amid the global pandemic, WIPO’s World Intellectual Property Indicators Report (WIPI) showed.

November 5, 2021   |   WIPO In Focus

WIPO for Creators Welcomes First Member State and Corporate Sponsors

WIPO for Creators has welcomed its first Member State and corporate sponsors, with the Intellectual Property Office of the United Kingdom (UKIPO) and Universal Music Group joining the partnership that aims to increase knowledge of creators’ rights and related management practices to ensure recognition and fair reward for all creators.

October 29, 2021   |   WIPO In Focus

WIPO Launches “Young Experts Program”

WIPO’s new “Young Experts Program” (YEP) initiative is aimed at forging the next generation of intellectual property leaders. Successful applicants will join a two-year program hosted at WIPO designed to expose young people with high potential, particularly from developing and least developed countries as well as countries in transition, to the technical and policy aspects of IP.

October 28, 2021   |   WIPO In Focus

WIPO Assemblies

The Sixty-Second Series of Meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO took place at the WIPO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. In compliance with health and safety measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Assemblies were held in a hybrid format.

October 8, 2021   |   WIPO In Focus

Director General Tang’s Report to the WIPO Assemblies

In a report for the WIPO Assemblies, WIPO Director General Daren Tang reviews the Organization’s activities in 2020 and looks to the future with a new strategic direction for WIPO.

October 4, 2021   |   WIPO In Focus

Visit WIPO’s Virtual Exhibition on IP and Global Health

Enjoy a virtual tour celebrating 10 years of WIPO Re:Search, a public-private partnership that accelerates research and development into medical advancements for neglected tropical diseases, malaria and tuberculosis.

October 4, 2021   |   WIPO In Focus

Global Innovation Index 2021: Innovation Investments Resilient Despite COVID-19 Pandemic

Governments and enterprises in many parts of the world scaled up investments in innovation amid the massive human and economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Global Innovation Index 2021 revealed. Switzerland, Sweden, U.S., and U.K. continue to lead the innovation ranking, with the Republic of Korea joining the top five.

September 20, 2021   |   WIPO In Focus

WIPO Receives 100th Cybersquatting Case in China’s Domain

WIPO’s Arbitration and Mediation Center has received its 100th cybersquatting case under the dispute resolution policy for the .CN and .中国 (China) country code Top-Level Domain, two years after becoming the only non-Chinese entity to be accredited to provide this service.

September 9, 2021   |   WIPO In Focus

Visit WIPO’s Virtual Exhibition on Geographical Indications

Take a virtual tour around the world to discover examples of geographical indications, or GIs, from WIPO’s Member States. GIs are signs that link products to a specific place of origin and are an important branding tool in an interlinked, global economy where consumers seek authentic products.

September 6, 2021   |   WIPO In Focus

WIPO’s COVID-19 Related Services and Support

This package outlines WIPO’s suite of support measures to assist Member States in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as lay the foundations for post COVID economic recovery efforts. It comprises five main areas: policy and legislative advice; technical assistance and capacity building; innovation support and technology transfer; IP dispute resolution; and knowledge resources.

July 12, 2021   |   WIPO In Focus

Enterprising Ideas: A Guide to Intellectual Property for Startups

How do startups that often rely on a single idea successfully take their innovation to market? A new introductory guide provides a road map for the role of the intellectual property system in this journey. Through step-by-step counsel, useful case studies and simple checklists, the guide illustrates how small businesses can use IP to remain competitive and manage risks.

June 29, 2021   |   WIPO In Focus

WHO, WIPO, WTO Map Out Further Collaboration to Tackle COVID-19 Pandemic

The Directors General of WHO, WIPO and the WTO agreed to enhance their support to members battling the pandemic by collaborating on a series of workshops to augment the flow of information on the pandemic and by implementing a joint platform for tripartite technical assistance to member governments relating to their needs for medical technologies. As a result of their meeting on 15 June, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Daren Tang and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala issued a joint statement.

June 24, 2021   |   WIPO In Focus

WIPO for Creators Welcomes First Partners

WIPO for Creators has welcomed its first partners to the new effort to support creators around the world by ensuring they are recognized and fairly rewarded for their work by increasing knowledge and awareness of their intellectual property rights.

June 9, 2021   |   WIPO In Focus

New ABC Application Gets Accessible Books Directly to Print-Disabled People

WIPO’s Accessible Books Consortium (ABC) has launched a new application that makes digital books in accessible formats available for direct download by individuals who are blind, visually impaired or otherwise print disabled.

April 13, 2021   |   WIPO In Focus

WIPO Report Finds Significant Growth in Assistive Technologies

Innovations that help people overcome mobility, sight and other disabilities have seen double-digit growth in recent years and these “assistive technologies" are increasingly integrated with consumer goods, WIPO’s Technology Trends report found.

March 23, 2021   |   WIPO In Focus

Booming Trade in High-Tech Goods amid COVID-19 Pandemic

WIPO’s Global Innovation Index analyzed recent trade patterns in innovation-intensive high-tech goods, finding a surge in the second half of 2020 for communications, computing, processing and data storage equipment geared toward remote and mobile work.

March 12, 2021   |   WIPO In Focus

Coming Soon: World IP Day 2021

Time to gear up for the World Intellectual Property Day 2021 on April 26. This year we're highlighting how smaller businesses can benefit from intellectual property with the theme “IP and SMEs: Taking your ideas to market.”

March 4, 2021   |   WIPO In Focus