WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)

WIPO profile

  • Overview

    The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) was established in 1970 and became a UN specialized agency in 1974. Its mandate is to promote the protection of intellectual property (IP) through cooperation among states and in collaboration with other international organizations. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international IP system that rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest. The strategic goals of WIPO include:

    • The balanced evolution of the international normative IP framework;
    • Facilitating the use of IP for development;
    • Providing global IP services; building respect for IP;
    • Developing global IP infrastructure;
    • Becoming a world reference source for IP information; and
    • Addressing IP in relation to global policy challenges such as climate change, public health and food security.

    WIPO has 189 member states and administers 26 treaties. It is unique among the family of UN organizations in that it is largely self-financing. Over 90 per cent of WIPO’s budget comes from earnings derived from services it provides to industry and the private sector. The remainder of the budget is made up mainly of revenue generated by its Arbitration and Mediation Centre, the sale of publications and contributions from member states.

    For further information, please see the WIPO website: http://www.wipo.int

    Preferences in private sector partnership

    WIPO works with multiple public and private sector stakeholders worldwide to help them realize the benefits of the international intellectual property (IP) system for society. Our partnership platforms are designed to facilitate collaboration and the sharing of technologies to address major challenges.

    Preferred partnership types

    Advocacy of global issues; Provision of services / personnel; Standards and guidelines development

    Sustainable Development Goals

    9. Industry, innovation and infrastructure

    Issue areas

    Climate Change; Health; Persons with Disabilities; Principle 9

    Type(s) of services / business sectors

    Technology