As with many forms of international governance, it is difficult to understand the complex lattice-like structure that protects intellectual property across the globe. Headquartered in Geneva, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is responsible for administering 23 international treaties that deal with various aspects of intellectual property protection. For those who may be less familiar with the nuances of this complex field, the “About” area is a good place to start. Here users can learn about the nature of trademarks, industrial designs, and emerging issues in intellectual property. After consulting this part of the site, users may wish to continue on to the “News & Information Resources” area, which contains access to the WIPO Magazine, the Intellectual Property Digital Library, and information about upcoming events and conferences. Finally, the site also contains specific information about the various treaties that protect the rights of intellectual property across international borders.
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