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Program 03

Office of Legal and Organizational Affairs

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Background

An increase in adherences to the conventions and agreements administered by WIPO has led to a rise in depositary activities. The heightened importance of intellectual property in public policy and in the number of treaties administered by WIPO has also caused meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States to become administratively more complex, and as staff numbers have risen, legal assistance to staff is in greater demand.

Objectives

Ensure the effective exercise by the Director General of his functions as depositary of multilateral conventions and agreements.

Furnish services for international legal, administrative and constitutional elements of the meetings of the Assemblies of the Member States and diplomatic conferences.

Ensure the function of the Industry Advisory Commission.

Facilitate the prevention and resolution of staff grievances.

Provide a mechanism that ensures that any contractual obligations undertaken by the Organization meet requisite legal standards and appropriate commercial policy considerations.

Provide an oversight mechanism that helps ensure the accountability of the Organization and facilitates compliance by the Organization with its contractual obligations.

Promote awareness, through electronic and other means, of intellectual property dispute-resolution, in general, and the WIPO services, in particular.

Provide high quality and cost-efficient services, by traditional and electronic means, in relation to disputes referred to the Center for settlement, through state-of-the-art Rules and a comprehensive database of neutrals (mediators and arbitrators) with relevant expertise.

Sub-program 03.1

Legal and Constitutional Matters

Main Activities

Registered with the United Nations Secretariat in New York (the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks) which recently came into force, and issued a press release on New Contracting Parties to WIPO-Administered Treaties in 1997.  

Provided services for the Thirty-Second Series of Meetings of the Assemblies of Member States.

Established draft Ethics Guidelines for staff relating to, among other things, the receipt and donation of gifts by and to staff members.

Established draft guidelines for the use of electronic mail by staff members.

Participated in the annual Meeting of Legal Advisors of the United Nations System.

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