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World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

UN Secretary-General António Guterres (right) on April 26, 2017 joined WIPO Director General Francis Gurry in celebrating World Intellectual Property Day 2017; WIPO Photo

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

  • Established as the United International Bureaux for the Protection of Intellectual Property (French acronym BIRPI) in 1893; renamed World Intellectual Property Organization in 1970; became a Specialized Agency of the United Nations in 1974.
  • Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization (1967) 
    • Entered into force in 1970
  • Relationship Agreement with UN (1974)
  • Governing Bodies
    • WIPO General Assembly
    • Coordination Committee
  • Legal texts
  • Flagship publications
  • Intellectual Property Statistics
  • Library
  • Directors General
    • 2008- : Francis Gurry (Australia)
    • 1997-2008: Kamil E. Idris (Sudan)
    • 1973-1997: Arpad Bogsch (United States of America) (Press release BIO/1204-SA/228 [1973])
    • 1963-1973: Georg Bodenhausen  (Netherlands) 
    • 1953-1963: Jacques Secrétan  (Switzerland) 
    • 1938-1953: Benigne Mentha  (Switzerland) 
    • 1926-1938: Fritz Ostertag  (Switzerland) 
    • 1922-1926: Ernest Rothlisberger (Switzerland) 
    • 1912-1921: Robert Comtesse (Switzerland)  
    • 1888-1912: Henri Morel  (Switzerland)