WIPO, formally known as the World Intellectual Property Organization, is a United Nations agency tasked with the responsibility of developing innovation and creativity in countries worldwide through effective intellectual property systems and networks. Individuals and companies seeking trademark registration across the globe will need to file their registration application to WIPO for review, and upon approval by WIPO, they will be issued with a registration certificate. It is advisable to obtain guidance from an industry professional or consultancy firm when filing an application to WIPO to ensure the process is completed in a timely and professional manner.
Main service areas provided by WIPO
The World Intellectual Property Organization is incredibly wide in scope. Individuals and companies from across the globe can apply to WIPO for registration rights and protection over their intellectual property, whether it is a trademark, patent, copyright or design.
One of the most advantageous aspects of WIPO is that applicants need only file a single application form, irrespective of the number of international countries they wish to gain registration rights in. This also applies to renewing IP rights – individuals can simply submit one application form to renew their rights in each of the jurisdictions they held IP rights in.
The range of services offered by WIPO is vast, and includes:
- Patent Applications (PCT system)
- International Trademark Registration (Madrid system)
- Design Registration (Hague system)
- International Registration of Appellations of Origin (Lisbon system)
- Protection of Flags, State Emblems (Article 6ter)
- Arbitration and Mediation Center
- Doman Name Dispute Resolution
- International Classifications
Due to the vast scope of WIPO, and the broad range of subject areas in which the organization is responsible for, it is highly advisable to enlist professional guidance when filing for any form of IP registration with WIPO. This particularly applies to conducting trademark or patent searches using the WIPO database, as the results can be considerably complex to interpret.