WIPO is the UN agency devoted to intellectual property (IP), with headquarters in Geneva. It is home to several IP treaties and also hosts several resources for policymakers, businesses, and other interested parties. A summary of these resources is provided below.
WIPO provides an online IP self-assessment tool, which was launched in November 2021. The tool includes a questionnaire on several IP-related issues that may affect your business and generates a report upon the questionnaire’s completion. The tool is accessible online on the WIPO website.
WIPO also has several guides that outline how intellectual property issues can be dealt with by companies. The full series of guides can be accessed on the WIPO website, and a brief list of the key ones for MSMEs can be found below.
There are also several other guides in development, which should be available on the WIPO website in due course.
WIPO has launched a short survey to identify intermediary institutions that provide IP services. The results of this survey will be included in a publicly available database. The survey can be accessed on the WIPO website.
WIPO also provides support for national IP offices as they develop their own services for domestic users. Further information on the support available is on the WIPO website.