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Colombia and WIPO


The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations, created in 1970,  it has 188 States Members. Colombia has been a member since May 1980. It administers twenty-six (26) multilateral treaties. Colombia is a State Party in twelve (12) of them. The Representation before the Organization is in charge of the Permanent Mission of Colombia before the UN in Geneva and the Colombian Mission to the Organization World Trade Organization - WTO, whose holder acts as Representative Deputy Permanent.

Additionally, WIPO provides global services under the Treaty of Cooperation on Patents (PCT) and the Madrid, The Hague and Lisbon Systems. Colombia is a State Party to the first two. The Organization also provides arbitration, mediation and other out-of-court settlement for controversies services.

Colombia participates in the following bodies and instances of WIPO:
1. WIPO General Assembly
2. WIPO Conference
3. Assembly of the PCT Union
4. Assembly of the Madrid Union
5. WIPO Coordination Committee (Colombia is a member for the period 2014 - 2016).

Likewise, Colombia participates in the following Permanent Committees:

1. Standing Committee on the Law of Patents (SCP)
2. Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Indications Geographical (SCT)
3. Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR)
4. WIPO Technical Standards Committee (CWS)
5. Program and Budget Committee (PBC) - Colombia is a member for the period 2014 - 2016 and currently holds the Presidency.
6. Development and Intellectual Property Committee (CDIP)
7. Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources,
8. Traditional Knowledge and Folklore (CIG)
9. Advisory Committee on Enforcement (ACE)

Colombia participates in the following Working Groups:

1. Working Group on the Legal Development of the Madrid System for Registration International Trademark.
2. Working Group on the Development of the Lisbon System (Denominations of Origin) (as Observer). 

Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geografical Indications    (SCT)

The SCT began sessions in 1998 as the forum created to examine and debate issues that concern the evolution of international trademark law, industrial designs and  geographical indications, becoming the most relevant stage where they deal with the most avant-garde issues regarding the harmonization of standards and national industrial property procedures.

Patent  Cooperation  Treaty-PCT

The Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) was drawn up in Washington on June 19th, 1979, amended on September 28th, 1979 and amended on February 1984 and October 3rd, 2011, and its objective is to facilitate the presentation and processing of patent applications internationally. The PCT was approved in Colombia through law 463 of 1998 and has been in force since February 28th, 2001.

Madrid protocol

On May 29th, 2012, Colombia became the 87th member of the international Trademark System. 

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