Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

General Detail

General Information

  1. Type: Convention
  2. Date of signature:
  3. Place of signature: Stockholm, Sweden
  4. Depositary:
  5. Date of entry into force: 26/04/1970

Category

Institutional Participation

Sub category

International Trade Law

Groups

WIPO

What is it about?

The World Intellectual Property Organization is a specialized institution of the United Nations located in Geneva. WIPO promotes the protection of intellectual property throughout the world through cooperation among States and, where appropriate, in collaboration with other international organizations. WIPO helps to ensure that the rights of creators and owners of intellectual property are protected, and that the ingenuity of inventors and authors is recognized and rewarded. The functions of WIPO are to: - promote the development of measures designed to facilitate the efficient protection of intellectual property throughout the world and to harmonize national legislation in this field; - assume, or participate in, the administration of any other international agreement designed to promote the protection of intellectual property; - encourage the conclusion of international agreements designed to promote the protection of intellectual property; - offer legal and technical assistance to States, especially those in the development stage; - assemble and disseminate information concerning the protection of intellectual property; - maintain services facilitating the international protection of intellectual property, and to provide for registration in this field, as well as the publication of data concerning these registrations. The three principle organs of WIPO are the General Assembly, the Conference, and the Coordination Committee. A Secretariat completes the group. In 2003, WIPO administered 23 international treaties regarding intellectual property and 183 States were member States to this organization.

Why is it relevant?

By ratifying this treaty, a State becomes a member of the international organization that aims to protect intellectual property throughout the world. According to WIPO, the respect of intellectual property is a driving force for world economic development and the creation of wealth for States. A member state has the possibility to participate in the work of WIPO and to be represented before its different instances. It can also take part in negotiations related to the conclusion of new intellectual property treaties.

Additional Information

The Convention establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization was revised on the September 28, 1979 and December 12, 2000.

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Country ratifications
CountryRatification date
Afghanistan13/09/2005
Albania31/03/1992
Algeria16/01/1975
Andorra28/07/1994
Angola15/01/1985
Antigua and Barbuda17/12/1999
Argentina08/07/1980
Armenia22/01/1993
Australia10/05/1972
Austria11/05/1973
Azerbaijan25/09/1995
Bahamas04/10/1976
Bahrain22/03/1995
Bangladesh11/02/1985
Barbados05/07/1979
Belarus26/01/1970
Belgium31/10/1974
Belize17/03/2000
Benin09/12/1974
Bhutan16/12/1993
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)06/04/1993
Bosnia and Herzegovina01/03/1992
Botswana15/01/1998
Brazil20/12/1974
Brunei Darussalam21/01/1994
Bulgaria19/02/1970
Burkina Faso23/05/1975
Burundi30/12/1976
Cambodia25/04/1995
Cameroon03/08/1973
Canada26/03/1970
Cape Verde07/04/1997
Central African Republic23/05/1978
Chad25/06/1970
Chile25/03/1975
China03/03/1980
Colombia04/02/1980
Comoros03/01/2005
Congo02/09/1975
Costa Rica10/03/1980
Cote d'Ivoire08/02/1974
Croatia08/07/1991
Cuba27/12/1974
Cyprus26/07/1984
Czech Republic01/10/1992
Democratic People's Republic of Korea17/05/1974
Democratic Republic of the Congo14/07/1967
Denmark26/01/1970
Djibouti13/02/2002
Dominica26/06/1998
Dominican Republic27/03/2000
Ecuador22/02/1988
Egypt21/01/1975
El Salvador18/06/1979
Equatorial Guinea26/03/1997
Eritrea20/11/1996
Estonia05/11/1993
Ethiopia19/11/1997
Fiji11/11/1971
Finland08/06/1970
France18/07/1974
Gabon06/03/1975
Gambia10/09/1980
Georgia25/09/1991
Germany19/06/1970
Ghana12/03/1976
Greece04/12/1975
Grenada22/09/1998
Guatemala31/01/1983
Guinea13/08/1980
Guinea-Bissau28/03/1988
Guyana25/07/1994
Haiti02/08/1983
Holy See20/01/1975
Honduras15/08/1983
Hungary26/01/1970
Iceland13/06/1986
India31/01/1975
Indonesia18/09/1979
Iran14/12/2001
Iraq21/10/1975
Ireland26/01/1970
Israel26/01/1970
Italy20/01/1977
Jamaica25/09/1978
Japan20/01/1975
Jordan12/04/1972
Kazakhstan25/09/1991
Kenya05/07/1971
Kiribati19/04/2013
Kuwait14/04/1998
Kyrgyzstan25/09/1991
Lao People's Democratic Republic17/10/1994
Latvia21/10/1992
Lebanon30/09/1986
Lesotho18/08/1986
Liberia08/12/1988
Libyan Arab Jamahiriya28/06/1976
Liechtenstein21/02/1972
Lithuania30/01/1992
Luxembourg19/12/1974
Macedonia (The former Yugoslav Republic of)22/09/1989
Madagascar22/09/1989
Malawi11/03/1970
Malaysia01/10/1988
Maldives12/02/2004
Mali14/05/1982
Malta07/09/1977
Mauritania17/06/1976
Mauritius21/06/1976
Mexico14/03/1975
Moldova25/09/1991
Monaco03/12/1974
Mongolia28/11/1978
Montenegro04/09/2006
Morocco27/04/1971
Mozambique23/09/1996
Myanmar15/02/2001
Namibia23/09/1991
Nepal04/11/1996
Netherlands09/10/1974
New Zealand20/03/1984
Nicaragua05/02/1985
Niger18/02/1975
Nigeria09/01/1995
Norway08/03/1974
Oman19/11/1996
Pakistan06/10/1976
Panama17/06/1983
Papua New Guinea10/04/1997
Paraguay20/03/1987
Peru04/06/1980
Philippines14/04/1980
Poland23/12/1974
Portugal27/01/1975
Qatar03/06/1976
Republic of Korea01/12/1978
Romania26/01/1970
Russian Federation26/01/1970
Rwanda03/11/1983
Saint Kitts and Nevis16/08/1995
Saint Lucia21/05/1993
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines29/05/1995
Samoa11/07/1997
San Marino26/03/1991
Sao Tome and Principe12/02/1998
Saudi Arabia22/02/1982
Senegal26/01/1970
Serbia27/01/1992
Seychelles16/12/1999
Sierra Leone18/02/1986
Singapore10/09/1990
Slovakia01/10/1992
Slovenia25/03/1991
Somalia18/08/1982
South Africa23/09/1974
Spain06/03/1969
Sri Lanka20/03/1970
Sudan15/08/1973
Suriname25/08/1975
Swaziland18/02/1988
Sweden12/05/1969
Switzerland26/01/1970
Syrian Arab Republic18/08/2004
Tajikistan25/09/1991
Thailand25/09/1989
Togo28/01/1975
Tonga14/03/2001
Trinidad and Tobago16/05/1988
Tunisia28/08/1975
Turkey12/02/1976
Turkmenistan25/09/1991
Tuvalu04/03/2014
Uganda18/07/1973
Ukraine26/01/1970
United Arab Emirates24/06/1974
United Kingdom26/01/1970
United Republic of Tanzania30/09/1983
United States of America25/05/1970
Uruguay21/09/1979
Uzbekistan25/09/1991
Vanuatu02/12/2011
Venezuela23/08/1984
Viet Nam02/04/1976
Yemen29/12/1978
Zambia14/02/1977
Zimbabwe29/09/1981
Treaties analysis
YearRatifications
19671
19692
197020
19713
19723
19734
197414
197517
197610
19773
19785
19794
198010
19811
19823
19836
19843
19853
19864
19871
19886
19893
19901
199111
19927
19935
19944
19956
19964
19975
19985
19992
20002
20013
20021
20042
20052
20061
20111
20131
20141
Total190
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