“Just as participation in the physical economy requires access to roads, bridges, and vehicles to transport goods, similar infrastructure is needed in the virtual and knowledge economy. However, here the highway is the Internet and other networks, bridges are interoperable data standards, and vehicles are computers and databases.”
The Global Infrastructure program signals a new direction for WIPO and reflects a concrete demonstration of one of its nine strategic goals: Coordination and Development of Global IP Infrastructure. WIPO is coordinating with stakeholders and users to develop global IP infrastructure such as tools, services, platforms, standards, etc, that enable IP institution to work more efficiently, to collaborate more effectively and to provide better services of high quality to their stakeholders and users. For example, the Global Infrastructure enables innovators to create and share knowledge and to bring ideas to innovation and wealth creation in knowledge economy. WIPO also assists developing countries in building their IP infrastructure and in increasing their capacity to participate in the knowledge economy; and the WIPO Committee on WIPO Standards works as the international body to develop and update standards for common format and structure of IP data.
The Global Infrastructure includes the following areas:
- IP institutions and authorities (Technical assistance for modernizing IP Offices)
- Other IP institutions (Capacity Building and networking by Technology Innovation Support Centers (TISCs))
- Electronic system allowing priority documents and similar documents to be securely exchanged between participating IP offices (WIPO Digital Access Service – DAS)
- Electronic system allowing search and examination documentation related to patent applications to be securely shared in order to facilitate work sharing programs (WIPO Centralized Access to Search and Examination - CASE)
- Tools (International classifications in the trademarks and industrial designs fields, the International Patent Classification, Green Inventory , Nice Classification)
- Standards and Technical Agreements (WIPO IP Standards, MOU of patent data exchange)
- Databases (PATENTSCOPE, Global Brand Database and Access to Special Databases (aRDi and ASPI)
- Services (International Cooperation for Patent Examination (ICE); Patent Information Services, including Legal Status of Patents)
- Forum for exchanging experience and lessons learnt (Global Symposium of IP Authorities)
These areas have been identified as the pillars necessary to underpin any sustainable infrastructure in the worldwide protection of intellectual property. WIPO works to assist all Member States and other stakeholders in coordinating and developing global IP infrastructure.
Global Infrastructure News
- Global Brand Database: from 2.2 to 10.9 million records (Feb 20, 2013)
- 10.9 million records (Feb 20, 2013)