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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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Samsung Electronics has filed for a patent related to a cordless television with the World Intellectual Property office, raising expectations that the tech titan could have embarked on developing wireless TVs.
The World Intellectual Property Office reported that the total number of patent filings worldwide in 2011 exceeded 2 million for the first time ever, with a growth rate of nearly 8% for that year alone from 2010.
The key patent-issuing authorities include the French, German, U.K., Japanese, U.S., and European patent offices plus the World Intellectual Property Office.

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