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1995 WIPO-WTO Cooperation Agreement back to top
Cooperation between the WTO and WIPO covers
notifications of countries’ laws, technical assistance, and
implementing the TRIPS obligations that stem from
Article 6ter of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial
Property, which is one of WIPO’s treaties.
As part of this effort, the two
organizations have launched a number of joint initiatives on technical
For developing countries, launched in 1998, to help them meet
the 1 January 2000 deadline for conforming with the TRIPS Agreement.
For least-developed countries, launched in 2001, a similar
programme to help these countries with their original 1 January 2006
deadline, and to make use of intellectual property protection for
their economic, social and cultural development.
> For least-developed countries —
transition extended to 1 July
Responding to Paragraph 4 of the decision of 29 November 2005, the two
organizations have also agreed to intensify their cooperation. This
includes jointly organizing national workshops for least-developed
country members, and the WIPO providing speakers for events of this
kind organized by the WTO.
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