The World Health Organization (WHO) is a specialised agency of the United Nations (UN) based in Geneva. It is the UN's coordinating authority on international public health.
- We are actively involved in discussions on public health and on protecting intellectual property, e.g. for improved access to drugs
- We are committed to ensuring intellectual property has a good reputation as an incentive, in particular in relation to the development and therefore the availability of new drugs
- We advise the Swiss delegation, which is led by the Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH)
- We also play an active role in negotiating the relevant resolutions
A working group of the Swiss government (co-led by the IPI) published an Overview on the implementation and contribution of Swiss actors (pdf) in May 2011 on the WHO's Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation and Intellectual Property.
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08.06.2020 | Patents
More support for innovative SMEs and start-ups – assisted patent searches at a reduced fee until the end of 2020
Better international protection for Swiss geographical indications
The IPI is actively participating in the WIPO dialogue on intellectual property and artificial intelligence
08.11.2019 | Event
Symposium on Creative Approaches to Improving Access to Medicines Globally
Roundtable on the protection of computer-implemented inventions