WIPO PROOF – Trusted Digital Evidence

WIPO PROOF is a new digital business service that provides a date- and time-stamped digital fingerprint of any file, proving its existence at a specific point in time. This new service complements WIPO’s existing intellectual property (IP) systems. It is specifically designed for our increasingly digital world where innovation and creativity are enabled by technology, big data and global collaboration.

This digital paradigm generates vast amounts of valuable intellectual outputs in the form of digital files – from creative works to research results to data training sets for artificial intelligence algorithms – all of which can easily fall prey to misuse or misappropriation.

WIPO PROOF offers innovators and creators in virtually all industries a fast and effective way to safeguard digital files, at an affordable cost.

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Frequently asked questions

Anyone can use the WIPO PROOF secure online website to quickly set up an account and purchase a WIPO PROOF token. Owners of the original file or any third party can verify a WIPO PROOF token by connecting to the WIPO PROOF online service and choosing "VERIFY TOKEN". Both processes are quick and easy to use. Find out more about how it works.

WIPO PROOF can be used to safeguard any digital file, of any size, whether it is numeric, image, executable, text or audio-visual. However, there may be any limitations on the customer’s side related to connectivity and/or the types of devices used to access WIPO PROOF.

The ability to prove the existence of a creative work at the time of creation is fundamental to safeguarding it from potential misappropriation or infringement. WIPO PROOF tokens can be used by creators to prove that they were in possession of the original creative work before anyone else. Other examples include musical works that can often be collaborative efforts where separate copyright may apply to both the lyrics (text) and the actual musical composition.

Similarly, film and video-based productions are often the work of several creators. Logging the existence of each individual creative work is prudent. WIPO PROOF allows you to process lyrics, scripts, musical compositions and final works individually to aid in resolving possible future disagreements around authorship.

No. WIPO PROOF does not replace the IP registration systems. WIPO PROOF can be used as a protective measure for your intellectual property (e.g., trade secrets), but it does not offer actual “protection” nor registration. WIPO PROOF produces tamper-proof evidence that can be used to prove that a digital file existed at a specific point in time and offers a valuable insurance-type mechanism, helping effectively manage future related disputes; however, IP protection is not provided by WIPO PROOF, as is the case with national, regional, or global IP registration systems, such as the WIPO PCT, Madrid and Hague services. These WIPO administered IP systems, which are founded on international treaties among member states, help you seek IP protection by significantly simplifying the process of simultaneously applying for IP protection across jurisdictions.

WIPO PROOF is a global, online service that rapidly generates tamper-proof evidence proving your intellectual asset existed at a specific point in time, and that it has not been altered since then. The service creates a WIPO PROOF token – a date and time-stamped digital fingerprint of your intellectual asset, which can be used as evidence in any legal dispute.

Use WIPO PROOF as an additional element of your IP management strategy. It complements existing IP systems by helping to safeguard your intellectual assets whether or not they become formal IP rights.

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