09 Jun 2010   |   News

WIPO launches free online IP database

The World Intellectual property Organisation has launched WIPO GOLD, a free, on-line global intellectual property reference resource.


The World Intellectual property Organisation has launched WIPO GOLD, a free, on-line global intellectual property reference resource providing quick and easy access to a broad collection of searchable IP data and tools.

The website includes information relating to technology, brands, designs, statistics, WIPO standards, IP classification systems and IP laws and treaties.

“The launch of WIPO GOLD is a significant step towards fulfilling one of the organisation’s strategic goals, that of serving as a world reference source for IP information and analysis,” said Director General Francis Gurry. “The WIPO GOLD portal is a rich, dynamic and evolving information tool that will continue to be expanded and improved over time,” he added.

WIPO says it is committed to narrowing the global knowledge gap by smoothing the free-flow of IP information globally, and by improving access to, and use of, IP information. Much of the technological information found in patent documents is not published elsewhere. WIPO says patent documents therefore represent an extremely valuable resource.

Databases, such as WIPO’s Patentscope search service, make it possible to conduct, free-of-charge searches of data relating to over 1.7 million international patent applications filed under the Patent Cooperation Treaty, and patent data collections of a growing number of countries.

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