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World Intellectual Property Organization

Also called WIPO. An agency of the United Nations that seeks to protect intellectual property globally. It administers a number of international treaties and provides information about and for patent offices (or the equivalent) in most countries. It was established in 1967 and is based in Geneva.
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WIPO members agreed to convene a diplomatic conference for the adoption of a design law treaty to develop simplified standards for industrial design registration procedures in the first half of 2017 subject to the completion at the 34th and 35th sessions of the Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications (SCT) of discussions on technical assistance and a possible disclosure requirement aiming at the protection of traditional assets from misappropriation;
Launched by WIPO last November, WIPO Green connects environmental technology and service suppliers and users.
WIPO also supports the establishment of Technology and Innovation Support Centres, which are designed to provide innovators in developing countries with access to locally based technology information services, such as facilitating access to patent databases and other scientific and technology resources.
Companies such as Samsung, LG, Research in Motion, Panasonic, Sony, Microsoft and Foxconn consistently emerged as the top users of design patents in the electronics, ICT and software industries in 2011, the WIPO said.
In January 2010, a Joint Committee of Parliament approved accession to two of WIPO's main treaties, the WIPO Copyright Treaty and WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty.
It is worth reminding that the Geneva-based WIPO is a specialised UN agency whose mission consists in devising an accessible international copyright system which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development, while preserving the general interest.
Gurmeet Jakhu has travelled at the invitation of WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organisation, to the country where night time temperatures are now - 30C.
As a specialized agency, the WIPO is meant to reflect and respond to priorities set in the UN General Assembly--priorities often related to the promotion of economic development in the poorer country members of the UN, and that are part of the mandate of a number of other specialized agencies.
Wipo uses legal experts from around the world to adjudicate in these disputes and one of its panellists, Michael Cover, yesterday said recent precedents suggest Rooney will win his case.
The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center has experienced a substantial growth in cases from 2004 to 2005, in particular, mediations and domain name cases.
Under their pressure, WIPO proposed a treaty that would award broadcasters a copyright in the signals they transmit, even when the transmission's contents are in the public domain.