Office of Global Communications and Public Diplomacy
The increased level of interest in intellectual property issues and their impact on business, trade, culture, information exchange and technology, and daily life, has not been matched by a comparable increase in the understanding of the principles and practical operations of intellectual property systems and the role of WIPO. OGCPD started or accomplished the following initiatives or projects with fewer staff members than in the previous biennium. The remaining staff maintained the routine workload while facing the additional challenge of being scattered in four different buildings.
Provide complete and current information in intellectual property and on WIPO to Member States, interest groups, civil society, and the general public.
Provide this information using the most efficient, user-friendly means, taking advantage of modern information technologies.
Promote an informal international dialogue on intellectual property through modern interactive channels of communication.
Provide a leading international service for research materials and information for scholars, researchers, and specialists.
Communications on the Internet and Intranet
Communicated all major WIPO developments, events, and documents immediately via the Internet.
Introduced WIPO’s Intellectual Property Digital Library (IPDL) on the web site in April. The IPDL contains up-to-date information on the latest international applications under the PCT, and will be expanded later this year to include information on international trademark and industrial designs registrations.
Began redesigning and reformatting the WIPO web site to improve its appearance, accessibility and navigability. By May, the WIPO’s web site had about 210,000 requests per month, more than double the average figure in 1997.
Added over 30,000 pages of documents to the web site in the first five months of 1998, and doubled the number of home pages to some 20. Introduced new software which improved the technical management of documents and coordination with the departments creating them. One of the home pages relates to WIPO exhibitions of artworks created by nationals of Member States, to illustrate the connection of intellectual property rights with the enjoyment of art.