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.

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.

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.

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.

Visit WIPO’s Virtual Exhibition on 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.