Membership in the U.S. Committee for the WIPO is open to U.S. individuals; companies; law firms; law and graduate schools; industry groups and bar, trade and professional associations; and other organizations interested in promoting the work of the World Intellectual Property Organization. For more information, contact Michael S. Shapiro, Secretary and General Counsel, at


  • Promote the effectiveness of a unique international organization that is vital to world peace and prosperity and dedicated to the advancement of technology and culture;
  • Help build public support and understanding in the United States for the WIPO’s mission;
  • Have direct input into the WIPO advisory process on new treaties and on the revision of existing treaties;
  • Serve as a sounding board for senior WIPO officials to allow them to discuss informally new ideas and draft proposals with knowledgeable and sympathetic experts in the field;
  • Help modernize the WIPO to enable the organization to become even more responsive to the needs of inventors and authors in the 21st century;
  • Act as a resource for the U.S. Congress as it appropriates funds for international organizations;
  • Participate in briefings and receptions in the United States and Geneva, Switzerland, organized by the U.S. Committee for the WIPO in cooperation with senior WIPO officials;
  • Work cooperatively with other members of the U.S. Committee for the WIPO to ensure continued U.S. support for industry interests in the WIPO;
  • Participate as a VIP in U.S. celebrations of the 30th Anniversary of the WIPO in the Spring of 2000 (commemorating the coming into force of the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization);
  • Access on-line current information on major WIPO events in the United States and abroad;
  • Receive discounts on U.S. Committee publications and seminars.
  • Receive the U.S. Committee’s monthly on-line newsletter on WIPO activities and programs; and
  • Participate in a network of over 100 non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the United Nations Association of the United States of America Council of Organizations