WIPO Welcomes Nauru as 193rd Member State

February 11, 2020

Nauru has joined the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization as WIPO’s 193rd member state. WIPO Director General Francis Gurry received Nauru's instrument of accession to the WIPO Convention on February 11, 2020.

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Nauru has also joined the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works on the same date.

Both treaties will enter into effect with respect to Nauru on May 11, 2020.

Background

The WIPO Convention is the constituent instrument of the World Intellectual Property Organization. It was signed at Stockholm on July 14, 1967 and entered into force in 1970. The origins of WIPO go back to 1883 and 1886 when the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property and the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works provided for the establishment of an "International Bureau". The two bureaus were united in 1893 and in 1970 were replaced by the World Intellectual Property Organization, by virtue of the WIPO Convention.