World Intellectual Property Organization 

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by Alliya Dulaney

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) became a part of the UN family in 1974 and serves to protect industrial property and copyrighted material among its 193 Members. Its mission stated on the website is to lead the “development of a balanced and effective international IP system that enables innovation and creativity for all.” Intellectual property includes but is not limited to inventions, copyrights and patents. The WIPO is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.