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China Joins Two Key WIPO Treaties

China has joined WIPO’s Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs, marking a major development for the International Design System, as well as the Marrakesh Treaty, bringing one of the world’s great cultural and literary traditions into the Marrakesh community.

Feb 5, 2022

Across the globe, young people are using their energy, ingenuity, curiosity and creativity to steer a course towards a better future, which is why World Intellectual Property Day 2022 is focusing on "IP and Youth Innovating for a Better Future" this April 26. In preparation, take part in the World IP Day Youth Video Competition and show off your innovation, creativity and intellectual property in a 90-second video and win great prizes!

Jan 26, 2022

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.

Dec 15, 2021

Worldwide Filings for Patent, Trademark, Design Rebound in 2020 Despite Global Pandemic

Worldwide intellectual property filing activity filing activity rebounded in 2020 illustrating the resilience of human innovation amid the global pandemic, WIPO’s World Intellectual Property Indicators Report (WIPI) showed.

Nov 5, 2022

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.

Oct 29, 2021

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.

Oct 28, 2021

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.

Oct 8, 2021

Director General Tang’s Report to the WIPO Assemblies

In a report for the WIPO Assemblies, WIPO Director General Daren Tang reviews the Organization’s activities in 2020 and looks to the future with a new strategic direction for WIPO.

Oct 4, 2022

Global Innovation Index 2021: Innovation Investments Resilient Despite COVID-19 Pandemic


Governments and enterprises in many parts of the world scaled up investments in innovation amid the massive human and economic toll of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Global Innovation Index 2021 revealed. Switzerland, Sweden, U.S., and U.K. continue to lead the innovation ranking, with the Republic of Korea joining the top five.

Sep 20, 2021

Visit WIPO’s Virtual Exhibition on IP and 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.

Oct 4, 2021

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.

Jul 12, 2021

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.

Jun 29, 2021

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.

Jun 24, 2021