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- World Intellectual Property Organization
WIPO is the global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation. It is a unique self-funding agency of the United Nations, with 188 member states. The mission is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international intellectual property (IP) system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all.
To help governments, businesses and society realize the benefits of IP, WIPO provide:
a policy forum where our member states shape international IP rules for a changing world;
global business services for obtaining IP rights in multiple countries and resolving disputes;
international cooperation, training and capacity-building programs to help developing countries use IP;
free access to unique knowledge banks of IP information.
The mandate, governing bodies and procedures are set out in the WIPO Convention, which established WIPO in 1967.
WIPO’s member states determine the direction, budget and activities of the Organization through the decision-making bodies. We currently have 192 member states.
To become a member, a state must deposit an instrument of ratification or accession with the Director General. The WIPO Convention provides that membership is open to any state that is:
- a member of the Paris Union for the Protection of Industrial Property, or member of the Berne Union for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works; or
- a member of the United Nations, or of any of the United Nations' Specialized Agencies, or of the International Atomic Energy Agency, or that is a party to the Statute of the International Court of Justice; or
- invited by the WIPO General Assembly to become a member state of the Organization.
What we buy
- Direct Purchase
- Request for Quotation
- Limited Tender
- Open International Tender
To do business with WIPO, vendors must first register on the United Nations Global Marketplace (UNGM) portal. Registration is simple and free of charge.
Ethical Code of Conduct
WIPO has a “zero tolerance” policy for fraud, corruption or related forms of misconduct with respect to its officials. Vendors who are interested in doing business with or already doing business with WIPO are required to comply with the UN Supplier Code of Conduct .
The Code of Conduct prohibits among others extortion; fraud; bribery; conflict of interest; and the solicitation or acceptance of any gratuity, gift, favour, entertainment, loan or anything of value from anyone who conducts business with WIPO. In carrying out its activities, WIPO officials must adhere to the highest standards of efficiency, competence and integrity required from international civil servants. WIPO promotes the UN Global Compact Initiative and sustainable procurement principles and encourages Vendors to embrace these core values.