Global Health and IP

Scientific and technological innovation has contributed to significant advances in public health. The challenge for policymakers is to establish an environment that stimulates health innovation while ensuring widespread access to new, more effective products to address unmet global health needs.

WIPO’s Global Challenges program seeks to raise awareness and understanding of the complex linkages between global health and access to medical technologies, innovation, technology transfer and trade. The goal is to leverage intellectual property (IP) as a tool that contributes to meet the world’s most pressing health needs.

Second edition of the Trilateral Study on Access to Medical Technologies and Innovation
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Second edition of the Trilateral Study on Access to Medical Technologies and Innovation

The study provides an improved, evidence-based foundation for policy debate and informed decision-making for global health.

Come Explore IP for a Healthier World: Ten Years of WIPO Re:Search Advancing Global Health (Archived)


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.

Archived version

Trilateral cooperation

The World Health Organization (WHO), WIPO and the World Trade Organization (WTO) cooperate on issues around global health, IP and trade.


Upcoming and past meetings, workshops and other events.

WIPO Re:Search

WIPO Re:Search is a consortium through which public and private sector organizations around the world share valuable IP and expertise with the global health research community to promote development of new drugs, vaccines, and diagnostics in the fight against neglected tropical diseases, malaria, and tuberculosis.

Learn more about WIPO Re:Search