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The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is an international organization aimed at ensuring that the rights of inventors and owners of intellectual properties shall be protected throughout the world and that inventors and authors shall be recognized and enjoy all achievements from their talent.

In 1833, the Paris Convention on intellectual property protection, the first important international agreement, was proclaimed in order to help citizens of any country to enjoy foreign protection for their intellectual creations in the form of intellectual property.

In 1883, two small offices were merged into an international organization – the International Unified Bureau for Intellectual Property Protection (known with the French abbreviated name BIRPI). Founding its headquarters in Berne, Switzerland, and with seven employees, this organization is the predecessor of the present-day World Intellectual Property Organization – a dynamic organization with over 170 member-countries and 650 employees in the world.

The Paris Convention came into effect in 1884, with 14 member-countries, founding an international office to manage the implementation of its duties.

In 1886, copyrights started to be known by the international community through the Berne Convention on the Protection of Literary and Art Works. Similar to the Paris Convention, the Berne Convention established an international office to realize its duties.

When the significance of intellectual property increased, the organization’s structure was changed. In 1960, BIRPI moved from Berne to Geneva to stay near the United Nations and other international organizations situated in this city. A decade later, after the Convention on the Establishment of Intellectual Property Organization came into effect, BIRPI became WIPO, continuing the renovation of its structure and management. Its Secretariat was established to be responsible to all members.

In 1974, WIPO became a professional organization in the UN system, specializing in the management of intellectual property-related issues. It was recognized by many UN members. WIPO expanded its role and further proved the importance of intellectual property in global trade management in 1996 by entering into a cooperative agreement with the World Trade Organization.

In 1898, BIRPI managed the realization of four international conventions only. A century later, WIPO could manage the implementation of 21 agreements and an abundant operation program. Through its members and the Secretariat, WIPO tries:

- to harmonize national laws and procedures on intellectual property;

- to provide an international registration service for industrial property;

- to exchange information about intellectual property

- to provide legal and technical assistance to the developing countries and others;

- to assist the settlement for disputes on intellectual properties among individuals;

- to use information technology as an instrument to keep, access and exploit valuable information about intellectual property.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is one of 16 professional authorities of the United Nations, being in charge of promoting the worldwide protection of intellectual property. It can fulfill this responsibility by promoting the cooperation among countries in intellectual property, managing various “alliances” and organizations established on the basis of multilateral agreements and creating sample laws for the developing countries to approve.

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