Intellectual and Cultural Property

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Take the WIPO virtual tour around the world to discover examples of global geographical indications - signs linking products to a specific place of origin, a certificate of authenticity.

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Misplacing personal possessions is a universal phenomenon. Looking to provide a new solution to this age-old problem, a Tokyo-based startup developed a smart tracking tag and app to help people keep track of their belongings.

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WIPO reports on how luxury goods markets find robust intellectual property portfolios behind famous brands, which tend to be worth a substantial amount of the entire companies.

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World Intellectual Property Day 2021 shines a light on the critical role of small and medium-sized enterprises in the economy and how intellectual property (IP) rights can build stronger, more competitive and resilient businesses. In 2000, WIPO's member states designated April 26 – the day on which the WIPO Convention came into force in 1970 – as World IP Day. Since then, the Day has offered a unique opportunity to join with others around the globe to consider how IP contributes to the flourishing of music and the arts and to driving the technological innovation that helps shape our world.

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According to the WIPO Technology Trends Report 2021: Assistive Technologies, over 1 billion people currently need assistive technology - a figure expected to double in the next decade as populations age. At the same time, consumer electronics and assistive products are converging, meaning even greater commercialization of these technologies. The report shows that innovations, ranging from small improvements to cutting-edge developments in frontier technologies, can improve the lives of persons with functional limitations.

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Cambodia has recorded Kampot Pepper as the first geographical indication registered via the WIPO, protecting its geographic origin.

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The annual World Intellectual Property Indicators Report collects and analyzes intellectual property (IP) data from some 150 national and regional offices to inform on macro trends in innovation and creativity. The report's 2019 figures, which pre-date the COVID-19 pandemic, underline the long-building growth in demand for the intellectual property tools that incentivize an increasingly global and digital-focused economy, said WIPO Director General Daren Tang.

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The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center has registered its 50,000th “cybersquatting” case, a major milestone capping two decades of pro-consumer activity ensuring Internet users can easily find genuine sites for the brands they love and trust. The Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) is at the heart of WIPO’s anti-cybersquatting service.  It was created in 1999 by WIPO and is used by brand owners around the world to combat abuse of their trademarks in domain names. 

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Today, the works of almost no living composers are performed on global opera stages. Is granting exclusive rights to new opera works actually excluding them from the stage?

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WIPO unveils the first of the new series of "Creative Economy Notes" exploring how character owners may trademark their characters in addition to protecting them under the copyright framework.


Visit the newly launched "WIPO: AI and IP, A Virtual Experience." Interactive elements include AI-created music, neural networks with human-like abilities and robotic artists, like the humanoid Ai-Da.

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The theme of this year's Global Innovation Index is timely given the human and global economic damage wreaked by the COVID-19 global pandemic.

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WIPO supports creators around the world in ensuring they are recognized and fairly remunerated for their work by increasing knowledge and awareness of their intellectual property rights.

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WIPO has launched the Madrid Application Assistant, which automatically records all the information required to complete an international application and helps reduce the risk of irregularities. The Assistant helps generate high-quality applications by importing data from the original trademarks database. The application is automatically pre-populated with contact details to a full list of goods and services. Built-in features also include verification of the classification of the list of goods and services, as well as its translation.

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WIPO PROOF provides evidence of the creation process.  It provides a tool to protect the work of innovators and creators on the journey from concept to development to commercialization.