The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the United Nations
Kristine Schlegelmilch, IP Attaché
The World Intellectual Property Organization
WIPO is the global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation. It is a self-funding agency of the United Nations, with 187 member states. Its mission is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international intellectual property (IP) system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all. Its mandate, governing bodies, and procedures are set out in the WIPO Convention, which established WIPO in 1967. WIPO provides a policy forum to shape balanced international IP rules for a changing world; global services to protect IP across borders and to resolve disputes; technical infrastructure to connect IP systems and share knowledge; cooperation and capacity-building programs to enable all countries to use IP for economic, social, and cultural development; and a world reference source for IP information.