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Assemblies Spotlight 2023

Hundreds of delegates from WIPO’s 193 Member States joined the July 6-14 WIPO Assemblies to negotiate the future of the global intellectual property (IP) ecosystem and WIPO’s activities in promoting the economic, social and cultural development of all countries.

The delegates also benefited from a range of information sharing and cultural activities.

Video: WIPO Assemblies in images


WIPO Member States Approve 2024-25 Program of Work

WIPO’s 193 member states approved the Organization’s Program of Work and Budget for 2024/25 biennium on July 14, 2023, the last day of their annual governing bodies.

Omani Frankincense Showcased at WIPO

WIPO Director General Daren Tang and Omani Undersecretary, Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion Saleh Masan inaugurated the “Omani Frankincense” exhibition, organized by the Sultanate of Oman and WIPO (photos on Flickr).

WIPO, Peru Announce New Project for Indigenous Kids

WIPO and Peru announced a new program designed to support the use of IP by children in the Awajún indigenous community of Urakusa, a region of the Peruvian Amazon jungle (photos on Flickr).

Stakeholders Celebrate 10 Year Anniversary of Adoption of Landmark Marrakesh Treaty

Ten years after the gavel came down, member states and key stakeholders came together during the WIPO General Assembly to commemorate the ten year anniversary of the landmark Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons who are Blind, Visually Impaired, or Otherwise Print Disabled, WIPO’s fastest growing treaty (photos on Flickr).

Saudi Arabia’s Culture and Innovation Featured at Exhibition

WIPO Director General Daren Tang and CEO Saudi Authority for Intellectual Property Abdulaziz bin Mohammed Al-Suwailem inaugurate the exhibition “Saudi Day in Geneva”, organized by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and WIPO (photos on Flickr).

The 2023 WIPO Global Awards for SMEs: Winners from China, France, Kenya, Mexico, Singapore, and Slovenia

The WIPO Global Awards program has announced the results of its 2023 competition, celebrating winners who have used IP not just for business success, but also as catalyst for economic, social, and cultural impact (photos on Flickr).

WIPO Engages IP Offices in Harnessing Technology to Enhance Services and Operations

New technologies are upending traditional practices in national intellectual property (IP) offices, while also promoting new interlinkages among them, Assistant Director-General Kenichiro Natsume said in opening a discussion entitled "What Can Technology Do for IP Offices?" (photos on Flickr).

GIs, Growing Economies and Reconstruction in Earthquake-Hit Türkiye

Director General Tang and Ahmet Yozgatligil, Deputy Minister of Industry and Technology of Türkiye, opened the exhibition “Harvesting Hope: Empowering Earthquake Affected Provinces Through Geographical Indications (GIs)”, organized by the Government of Türkiye and WIPO (photos on Flickr).

Intellectual Property and Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs)

A half dozen representatives of IP offices from around the world shared insights on how smaller companies are using IP during an event entitled “Use of IP by SMEs: Current analysis by IP Offices,” organized by the WIPO Secretariat (photos on Flickr).

Poland, WIPO, Video Games and IP

WIPO Director General Tang and Ambassador Zbigniew Czech of Poland opened the exhibition “@Polska in the Game *Digital Dreamers*”, organized by the Government of the Republic of Poland and WIPO (photos on Flickr).

NGOs Are Key Stakeholders at WIPO, DG and Senior Officials Say

Director General Daren Tang and other senior officials met with members of the non-governmental organization (NGO) observer community at WIPO, underlining the important role that NGOs play in the Organization’s work (photos on Flickr).

Central European and Baltic States Highlight Designing Women

WIPO Director General Tang, Ambassador Zbigniew Czech of Poland and Edyta Demby-Siwek, President of the Polish Patent Office, welcomed visitors to the exhibition “She inspires. Women’s designs from CEBS,” organized by the Central European and Baltic States (CEBS) and WIPO (photos on Flickr).

Portugal, WIPO and the Importance of Products of Origin

WIPO Director General Tang and Catarina Sarmento e Castro, Portugal’s Minister of Justice, opened the exhibition “Geographical Indications and Appellations of Origin from Portugal,” organized by the Government of Portugal and WIPO (photos on Flickr).

China and WIPO Celebrate Five Decades of Cooperation

WIPO Director General Daren Tang and Shen Changyu, Commissioner of the China National Intellectual Property Administration, inaugurated the Exhibition “A Celebration of the 50th Anniversary of China-WIPO Cooperation”, organized by the Government of the People’s Republic of China and WIPO (photos on Flickr).

WIPO Assemblies Open: Director General Outlines Work Impact, Calls on Delegates to Conclude Key Negotiations

World Intellectual Property Organization Director General Daren Tang opened the WIPO Assemblies by outlining the Organization’s growing on-the-ground impact, while calling on delegates to continue working together on two proposed new treaties.


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