General information

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) was founded on July 14, 1967 in Stockholm, and was preceded by the Joint International Bureau for the Protection of Intellectual Property.

WIPO is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. WIPO is a self-financing agency of the United Nations.

The purpose of the Organization is through international cooperation between states and together with other international organizations to promote the creation, protection, use and dissemination of information about industrial property.

The Academy is part of WIPO, members of which are all Member States, and its purpose is to support staff and their training, as well as the training of all interested users.

WIPO has 193 member states, one of which is the Republic of Bulgaria. The organization administers 23 international treaties, including the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, the Patent Cooperation Treaty, the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks, the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs and a number of others.

The main decision-making bodies of WIPO are the General Assembly, the Coordination Committee and the Budget Committee. WIPO Member States hold regular meetings to take stock of the progress of the Organization and to discuss future policy guidelines. The twenty-one assemblies and other bodies of the Member States traditionally meet together each autumn on the so-called General Assembly.

WIPO collaborates with intellectual property offices around the world, users and other stakeholders to develop shared electronic tools, services, standards, databases and platforms. 

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