The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the United Nations agency dedicated to the use of intellectual property (i.e. patents, copyright, trademarks, designs, etc.) as a means of stimulating innovation and creativity. 


WIPO promotes the development and use of the international IP system through:

  • Services – run systems which make it easier to obtain protection internationally for patents, trademarks, designs and appellations of origin; and to resolve IP disputes.
  • Law – help develop the international legal IP framework in line with society’s evolving needs.
  • Infrastructure – build collaborative networks and technical platforms to share knowledge and simplify IP transactions, including free databases and tools for exchanging information.
  • Development – build capacity in the use of IP to support economic development.

WIPO also works with its member states (of which Ghana is a member) and stakeholders to improve understanding and respect for IP worldwide. Apart from that WIPO also provides economic analysis and statistics and contribute IP-based solutions to help tackle global challenges.


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WIPO Lex is an online reference resource on global Intellectual Property (IP) issues. The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) launched this useful online resource on September 20, 2010. WIPO Lex provides current information on national IP legislations (or laws) and treaties.

WIPO Lex provides a centralized facility to IP legislations of over sixty (60) countries (including Ghana) with a user-friendly interface and other vital functionalities.

“WIPO Lex offers easy and direct access to a rich source of general and member-state-specific legal information and is a valuable research tool for policy-makers, researchers, users of the IP system and the general public,” said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry. “WIPO Lex has enabled us, for the first time, to consolidate the IP laws of member states and IP treaties and to make them available in a detailed and fully searchable format.”

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For further information, please contact the Media Relations Section at WIPO:

  • Tel: (+41 22) – 338 81 61
  • Fax: (+41 22) – 338 82 80
  • E-mail