The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), is the global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation and is the platform upon which one may register trademarks in countries which fall within the Madrid System. The Madrid System is a one stop solution for registering and managing marks worldwide. File one application, in one language, and pay one set of fees to protect your mark in the territories of up to 97 members. WIPO, established by a convention signed in Stockholm in 1967, began operations in 1970 and became a specialized agency of the United Nations in December 1974. It is headquartered in Geneva.
The purposes of WIPO are twofold:
- to promote the protection of intellectual property throughout the world through cooperation among states and, where appropriate, in collaboration with any other international organization; and
- to ensure administrative cooperation among the unions.
WIPO currently holds the status of a well-established global forum for policy making, intellectual property services, and a vehicle for information sharing. Notably, WIPO is an agency that falls within the ambit of the United Nations and it also enjoys the confidence of a 188 member states. The agreement between WIPO and the United Nations states that WIPO is mandated to act in accordance with treaties and ancillary instruments. Furthermore, WIPO’s mission statement revolves around the objective of promoting an efficient international intellectual property structure that empowers progress and creativity for all those participating within this particular sector. An important component of WIPO is its comprehensive network of registered trademarks, designs, and patents. This system allows the WIPO to unify all its bases and provides an accessible database for cross checking inventions and creations to all nations. It also allows for a measure of accountability in the protection of intellectual property. The agency is also responsible for enabling and simplifying the transmission of technology in developing states, with the ultimate aim of boosting the world economy, and social and cultural growth. Undoubtedly, during the past few years, WIPO has been the main protagonist in gathering ideas to enhance and promote intellectual property around the globe.
CSB Group has gained experience and exposure within the Intellectual Property sphere with WIPO registrations, the fees relating to the WIPO application varies depending on a number of factors, such as the number of classes sought, in which countries will the trademark be protected, whether the trademark is in colour and whether the trademark is a collective mark, certification mark or a guarantee mark.