WORK WITH OTHER INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS
The WTO and World Intellectual Property Organization
The link between the WTO and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is deeply rooted in the multilateral trading system. During the Uruguay Round, negotiators sought to connect the two institutions. The Preamble to the TRIPS Agreement encapsulates this connection by calling on the two organizations to establish a mutually supportive relationship. Further, the TRIPS Agreement legally requires Members to abide by certain rules of key conventions administered by WIPO
The complementarity between the two organizations was further strengthened by the WIPO-WTO Cooperation Agreement. The Agreement covers transparency mechanisms, technical assistance and training and the implementation of a provision of WIPO’s Paris Convention on state emblems.
The WIPO is an observer to the TRIPS Council, and the WTO enjoys observer status at the WIPO.
Joint Technical Assistance
Joint technical assistance and training activities, based, inter alia, on the joint initiatives of 1998 and 2001, aim to build the capacity of developing countries and LDCs in implementing the TRIPS Agreement, to enhance an understanding and participation in the global IP system and to help foster IP law and policy decision-making that coheres with broader public policy objectives.
The two flagship Geneva-based joint courses, the IP Advanced Course for policymakers and the Colloquium for IP teachers, are intensive programmes that give detailed and multi-stakeholder insight into the global IP system. The organizations also jointly publish the IP Colloquium Research Paper series – a collection of papers on IP issues directly relevant to developing countries.
- e-TRIPS Gateway: WIPO at the TRIPS Council
- e-TRIPS Gateway: WTO at the TRIPS Council
- e-TRIPS Gateway: WIPO Reports to the TRIPS Council on Technical Cooperation
- e-TRIPS Gateway: WTO Reports to the TRIPS Council on Technical Cooperation
- WIPO Lex: a global database of legal information on intellectual property