National Intellectual Property Strategies

WIPO assists developing and least developed countries (LDCs) to produce national intellectual property (IP) strategies that positively impact economic development, innovative and creative capacity, and the vitality of enterprises.

We draw on our unique global expertise to help countries develop their national IP strategies in line with their social, cultural and economic development goals and priorities.

A national IP strategy is a set of policy measures formulated and implemented by a government to improve its IP and innovation ecosystem in line with social, cultural and economic development goals.

It is cross-cutting by nature: it links IP with a wide range of public policy areas to enhance coherence and coordination in government law and policy-making.

A national IP strategy enhances a country’s ability to create, protect and disseminate economically valuable IP assets. It fosters an enabling environment to harness a country’s innovative and creative potential.

WIPO provides tailored assistance throughout the national IP strategy development process in support of the goals, needs and priorities of Member States. Based on our unique global expertise, WIPO offers policy advice, data and analysis, best practices and other customized guidance.

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Development of national IP strategies

As part of the Organization’s Development Agenda, the WIPO Methodology for the Development of National Intellectual Property Strategies (2nd edition 2020) provides guidance to those involved in the preparation of national IP strategies.

This comprehensive reference guide includes a range of tools and best practices, templates and other resources.

Methodology for the development of national IP strategies