World Intellectual Property Organization
WIPO is dedicated to helping to ensure that the rights of creators and owners of intellectual property are protected worldwide and that inventors and authors are recognized and rewarded for their ingenuity.
Recent work has included studies of:
- the relationship between patents and other forms of intellectual property protection for biotechnological inventions (e.g. UPOV-style plant variety protection, trade secrets and geographical indications);
- the moral or ethical dimensions of the intellectual property protection of inventions involving genetic materials of human, plant or animal origin;
- the conservation and preservation of the environment;
- the protection of animal and human health (including such issues as biosafety, biological diversity, food security and sustainable development).
WIPO cooperates closely with its two main constituencies: its member States and private sector NGOs. It also cooperates with other UN organizations, NGOs and IGOs on appropriate themes.
Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources - An Overview; Issues for Proposed WIPO Work Program on Biotechnology; Essential Elements of Intellectual Property (CD-ROM). See the website.