Book Chapter

WIPO - Appraising the First 50 Years and Looking Beyond

Staniforth Ricketson

Research Handbook on the World Intellectual Property Organization: The First 50 Years and Beyond | Edward Elgar Publishing Ltd | Published : 2020


WIPO stands almost alone among the UN family of organizations, in that it is directed at something completely intangible, namely the protection of productions of the intellect, in the form of inventions, literary and artistic creations, signs and images, or other expressions of human thought and endeavour. To refer to these as the subjects of ‘intellectual property’, as in Article 3 of the WIPO Convention, only becomes meaningful if their ‘property’ aspect is then secured by some form of positive legal regulation, whether national, regional or global.

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