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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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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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By 2030, two billion people are expected to rely on so-called “assistive” technology aids in their daily lives to eat, see, hear and even get dressed, according to UN patent experts at WIPO, the World Intellectual Property Organization.

It will also be possible to flag when anyone suffering from severe depression or other degenerative brain conditions might need help from a relative or carer, as Irene Kitsara from WIPO tells UN News’s Daniel Johnson.

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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 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.

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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.

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The Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances officially enters into force and can begin improving earning conditions for actors and other audiovisual performers – a development with added importance amid the negative impact on cultural production by the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic. The Treaty is designed to help audiovisual performers – television and film actors, musicians, dancers, and others – many of whom live from job to job in precarious economic circumstances.

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The Accessible Books Consortium, a WIPO partnership, aims to increase the number of books worldwide in accessible formats and to make them available to people who need them.

AI tools

WIPO Translate is a market-leading translation software for specialized text. Once trained in a specific subject area, it has been shown to out-perform other paid and free translation tools.