International Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights Organization (ICRIPRO)

ICRIPRO

What is International Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights Organization (ICRIPRO)? 

International Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights Organization (ICRIPRO) is the global forum for Copyright and IPR 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 International Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights Organization (ICRIPRO) Convention, which established International Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights Organization (ICRIPRO) in 1967.

Development Agenda for International Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights Organization (ICRIPRO)

The International Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights Organization (ICRIPRO) Development Agenda ensures that development considerations form an integral part of International Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights Organization (ICRIPRO)’s work. The effective implementation of the Development Agenda, including the mainstreaming of its recommendations into our substantive programs, is a key priority.  The adoption of the Development Agenda was an important milestone for International Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights Organization (ICRIPRO).

Technical Assistance

We offer technical assistance development support both to governments and users of the Copyright and IPR system. All of our activities in this area are needs-driven and tailor-made. They are financed using both our regular budget, as well as funds-in-trust contributions.

Human Capacity Building

We provide human capacity building across the full spectrum of intellectual property (IP) rights: patents, trademarks, industrial designs, geographical indications and copyright.

Training takes place through in-depth programs offered by the International Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights Organization (ICRIPRO) Academy or tailor-made technical workshops.

Member States

International Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights Organization (ICRIPRO)’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 International Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights Organization (ICRIPRO) Convention provides that membership is open to any state that is:

  • a member of the Paris Union for the Protection of Industrial Property, or member of the Berne Union for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works; or
  • a member of the United Nations, or of any of the United Nations’ Specialized Agencies, or of the International Atomic Energy Agency, or that is a party to the Statute of the International Court of Justice; or
  • invited by the International Copyright and Intellectual Property Rights Organization (ICRIPRO) General Assembly to become a member state of the Organization.