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Definition: WIPO is the acronym for the World Intellectual Property Organization. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations.

WIPO is responsible for the promotion of the protection of intellectual property throughout the world and for the administration of various multilateral treaties dealing with the legal and administrative aspects of intellectual property: patents, copyrights, and trademarks.

What Does WIPO Mean to the Individual

As an individual you do not have to directly interact with WIPO. WIPO does help you though, by governing international laws that increase the protection for your intellectual property. For example, WIPO administers the international Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).

Visiting WIPO

WIPO organizes group visits (minimum 8 people) for professionals, students and other groups interested in intellectual property and the work of the Organization.

34, Chemin des Colombettes
1211 Geneva, Switzerland
Telephone: +41 22 338 91 11

The rules governing WIPO’s mandate, functions, finances and procedures are set out in the WIPO Convention.

Also Known As: World Intellectual Property Organization
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