Yearbook of the United Nations, 2000. Part 6, Intergovernmental organizations related to the United Nations. Chapter 14, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) continued development cooperation, norm-setting and registration activities to promote respect for the protection and use of intellectual properties. The organization's main areas of work continued to focus on strengthening the intellectual property systems of developing countries; promoting new or revised norms for the protection of intellectual property at the national, regional and multilateral levels; and facilitating the acquisition of intellectual property protection through international registration systems. The governing bodies of WIPO and the Unions administered by the organization held their thirty-fifth series of meetings (Geneva, 25 September3 October). During 2000, WIPO membership increased to 175 States, with the accession of Belize and the Dominican Republic 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 2000, there were 160 States parties to the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property, 147 to the Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works, and 109 to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).
Yearbook of the United Nations, 2000. v. 54; Vol. 54
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