Yearbook of the United Nations, 2002. Part 6, Intergovernmental organizations related to the United Nations. Chapter 14, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) continued to help ensure that the rights of creators and owners of intellectual property were protected worldwide, thus ensuring that inventors and authors were recognized and rewarded for their ingenuity. The governing bodies of WIPO and the Unions administered by the organization held their thirty-seventh series of meetings (Geneva, 23 September–1 October). During 2002, WIPO membership increased to 179 States, with an additional two accessions to the 1967 Convention establishing WIPO, amended in 1979. The number of States adhering to treaties administered by WIPO also increased: as at 31 December 2002, 164 States were parties to the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, 149 to the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, and 118 to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT). World Intellectual Property Day was observed on 26 April, under the theme “Encouraging Creativity”.
Yearbook of the United Nations, 2002. v. 56; Vol. 56
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