All About WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization)

Author: Vidit Pratap Singh

WIPO stands for World Intellectual Property Organisation. It is the global forum for intellectual property (IP) services, policy, information and cooperation. It has 193 members and they are self-funding agency of United Nations. The mandate, governing bodies and procedures are set out in the WIPO Convention, which established WIPO in 1967.

WIPO – Dispute Resolution

The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center offers time-and cost-effective elective contest goal (ADR) choices, for example, intervention, discretion, sped up assertion, and master assurance to empower private gatherings to settle their homegrown or cross-outskirt business debates. The WIPO Center is global and spent significant time in IP and innovation debates. The WIPO Center is likewise the worldwide pioneer in the arrangement of space name contest goal administrations under the WIPO-planned UDRP.

WIPO ADR is specialized, flexible and confidential. Its consensual nature often results in a less adversarial process, allowing the parties to begin, continue, or enhance profitable business relationships with each other. If well managed, ADR can save time and money. 

A single procedure – Through ADR, the parties can agree to resolve in a single procedure a dispute involving intellectual property that is protected in a number of different countries, thereby avoiding the expense and complexity of multi-jurisdictional litigation, and the risk of inconsistent results.

Party autonomy – Because of its private nature, ADR affords parties the opportunity to exercise greater control over the way their dispute is resolved than would be the case in court litigation. In contrast to court litigation, the parties themselves may select the most appropriate decision-makers for their dispute. In addition, they may choose the applicable law, place and language of the proceedings. Increased party autonomy can also result in a faster process, as parties are free to devise the most efficient procedures for their dispute. This can result in material cost savings.

Neutrality – ADR can be neutral to the law, language and institutional culture of the parties, thereby avoiding any home court advantage that one of the parties may enjoy in court-based litigation, where familiarity with the applicable law and local processes can offer significant strategic advantages.

Confidentiality – ADR proceedings are private. Accordingly, the parties can agree to keep the proceedings and any results confidential. This allows them to focus on the merits of the dispute without concern about its public impact, and may be of special importance where commercial reputations and trade secrets are involved.

Finality of Awards – Unlike court decisions, which can generally be contested through one or more rounds of litigation, arbitral awards are not normally subject to appeal.

Enforceability of Awards – The United Nations Convention for the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards of 1958, known as the New York Convention, generally provides for the recognition of arbitral awards on par with domestic court judgments without review on the merits. This greatly facilitates the enforcement of awards across borders.

WIPO – Domain Resolution

The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center provides time- and cost-efficient mechanisms to resolve internet domain name disputes, without the need for court litigation. This service includes the WIPO-initiated Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), under which the WIPO Center has processed over 49,500 cases.

International Trade in IP

Singular country states have created licensed innovation rights (IPR) systems mirroring their homegrown requirements and needs, despite the fact that the United States and different nations have agreed to a few IP-related shows and settlements since the 1800s. Over the long run, IPR insurance and requirement have gone to the front line as a key worldwide exchange issue for the United States— to a great extent because of the part of licensed innovation in an inventive U.S. economy and as a U.S. upper hand—and figure noticeably in the multilateral exchange strategy field and in provincial and two-sided U.S. international alliances (FTAs).

Notwithstanding the WTO, the other primary multilateral setting for tending to IPR issues is the World Protected innovation Organization, a particular office partnered with the United Nations, with its own leader, administrative, and budgetary forces. Set up in 1970, following the 1967 WIPO Convention’s entrance into power, WIPO is accused of cultivating the successful use and security of protected innovation internationally. WIPO’s command centers only on scholarly property, rather than the WTO’s more extensive global exchange order. WIPO’s forerunners are the 1883 Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property and the 1886 Berne Show for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Work. The majority of the meaningful arrangements of these two arrangements are fused in the WTO’s TRIPS Agreement. WIPO’s essential capacity is to control a gathering of IPR deals which set forth least principles for part states. All worldwide IPR deals, spare TRIPS, are controlled by WIPO.

International Trade in WTO

At the focal point of the present multilateral exchanging framework is the World Trade Organization, an worldwide association set up in 1995 as the replacement to the General Agreements on Duties and Trade (GATT). The WTO was set up as the consequence of the Uruguay Round of multilateral exchange dealings (1986-1994), which prompted arrangements to change and build up or improve rules on exchange products, administrations, farming, and other nontariff hindrances to exchange. One of the Uruguay Round arrangements was the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights, which sets least guidelines on IPR assurance and implementation with which all WTO part states must agree. The United States, European nations, and the IPR business network were instrumental in including IPR on the Uruguay Round plan. Numerous agricultural nations were careful about incorporating IPR in exchange arrangements, liking to examine treatment of IP under the World Intellectual Property Organization (see underneath) all things being equal. In any case, agricultural nations consented to address IP issues in the WTO in the wake of being conceded deferred consistence periods, and in the wake of accomplishing arranging objectives on different issues, for example, the finish of portions on materials and garments.

While past global arrangements on IPR keep on existing, the TRIPS Agreement was the first time that licensed innovation rules were consolidated into the multilateral exchanging framework. Two fundamental precepts of the TRIPS Agreement are public treatment (signatories must treat nationals of other WTO individuals no less well as far as IPR insurance than the nation’s own nationals) and most-supported country treatment (any preferred position in IPR assurance allowed to nationals of another WTO part will be conceded to nationals of all other WTO part states).

Trade in service and multi IP approach

The term service covers a wide scope of elusive and heterogeneous items and exercises that are hard to embody inside a basic definition. Administrations are either the consequence of a creation movement that changes the states of the burning-through units (change benefits), or encourage the trading of items or money related resources (edge administrations). They can cover transport, media transmission and PC administrations, development, monetary administrations, discount and retail circulation, lodging and providing food, protection, land, wellbeing and schooling, proficient, advertising and different business uphold, government, network, varying media, recreational, and homegrown administrations.

Services significantly affect development and proficiency over a wide scope of enterprises furthermore, by and large monetary execution. For example, areas, for example, transport, media communications and money related administrations are key determinants of the conditions in which people, product, administrations and capital stream. Another outline of the services‟ major job is ecological administrations, which add to reasonable improvement by lightening negative effects of financial exercises.

Administrations presently speak to multiple thirds of World Gross Domestic Product (Gross domestic product). The portion of administrations esteem included GDP will in general ascent altogether with the countries‟ level of pay, remaining at 73% on normal in big league salary nations (77% in the US), against 54% and 47% individually in center and low-pay nations. Indeed, even in the last gathering, the creation of administrations is commonly a center monetary movement, whose commitment to GDP is over that of both industry and agribusiness. Huge contrasts anyway exist between nations inside a similar pay gathering, as for India and Nigeria – two center pay nations whose individual portions of administrations in Gross domestic product are 54% and 27%, or Kenya and Liberia – two low pay nations whose offers are 54% and 22%.

World exports of commercial services amounted to US$ 3,350 billion in 2009, after growing on average at around 7.9% per year in value terms since 1980. Trade in commercial services grew faster than trade in goods (6.6% on average) during this period, increasing its share in total world trade by 6 percentage points. In 2009, the share of services in world trade reached 21% that is 2 percentage points up from the previous year, as the decline in global trade in services was considerably less pronounced than that of goods.

The portion of services in world exchange stands out from the focal commitment of administrations creation in homegrown economies. Because of their theoretical nature, exchange services are innately subject to a larger number of imperatives than exchange merchandise. While a (unmistakable) great might be created, put away, moved and devoured at better places and times, the conveyance of a (theoretical) administration is only here and there separated from its creation and its utilization, requiring the vicinity of the provider and the client. For example, beauticians and their customers should be genuinely close for a hair style.

The requirement for closeness for providing numerous administrations has driven makers to flexibly their items through a business presence abroad, for example the foundation of unfamiliar associates. This type of global gracefully of administrations (which isn’t shrouded in the graph introduced above) is considered in any event as significant in esteem terms as “ordinary” global exchange in administrations among occupants and non-inhabitants.

International IP Law – Treaties

General standards of protection
  • Paris Convention (The first major international agreement relating to the protection of industrial property rights, including patents, providing, in particular, national treatment, the right of priority and a number of common rules in the field of substantive patent law, such as the independence of patents.)
  • Patent Law Treaty (A treaty providing common and, as a general rule, maximum requirements for many of the formality matters involved in the procedures before national/regional patent offices.
International systems for filing and deposits
  • Patent Cooperation Treaty (A treaty establishing an international patent filing system.
  •  Budapest Treaty (A treaty prescribing deposits of microorganisms at any international depositary authority under the Treaty to be recognized for the purposes of patent procedure.)
International Classification
Jurisdiction and Conflict of Laws

In contracts, one of the most common and crucial clauses is the one defining the governing laws and jurisdiction. Seemingly precise, it plays a major role especially where entities from different geographies are involved. Ideally, commercial contracts must contain a clearly articulated governing laws and jurisdiction clause, the absence of which can lead to a lot of trouble for the contracting entities when a dispute arises.

Where parties from different countries or jurisdictions enter into a contract, the question of which laws will govern the contract and how the terms will be interpreted becomes critical, particularly where services are to be performed or goods to be delivered/ produced in another country.