U.S. Opening Statement at the Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO -  U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Geneva



Diplomatic Conference on Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge

Geneva, May 13-24, 2024

WIPO Member States Adopt Historic New Treaty on Intellectual Property, Genetic Resources and Associated Traditional Knowledge

Geneva, May 24, 2024

WIPO member states today approved a ground-breaking new Treaty related to intellectual property (IP), genetic resources and associated traditional knowledge, marking a historic breakthrough that capped decades of negotiations.


WIPO Global Awards 2024

Who can apply?


  • Finalists and winners receive international promotion, recognition, and visibility through various platforms.
  • Winners are invited to attend the awards ceremony and other networking events in Geneva, Switzerland. Travel expenses covered.
  • Winners are provided a personalized mentorship program.

Application Period: January 15 - March 31



The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the global forum for intellectual property (IP) services, policy, information and cooperation. We are a self-funding agency of the United Nations, with 193 member states.

Our mission is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international IP system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all. Our mandate, governing bodies and procedures are set out in the WIPO Convention, which established WIPO in 1967.

WIPO’s member states determine the direction, budget and activities of the Organization through the decision-making bodies. We currently have 193 member states.

To become a member, a state must deposit an instrument of ratification or accession with the Director General. The WIPO Convention provides that membership is open to any state that is:


Uganda signed the World Intellectual Property Organization’s (WIPO) Patent Law Treaty in 2000 but has yet to ratify it.