World Intellectual Property Organisation
The international organization with the mandate of overseeing the global implementation of intellectual property law, set up a Creative Industries Division in June 2005. The decision to establish a division originated in the growing interest of WIPO’s Member States to understand the “impact that intellectual property policies and practices have on the creative industries.”
Via engagement with creative industry practitioners WIPO stimulates industry dialogue through publishing studies and relevant data on the creative sector and developing practical tools for enterprises and entrepreneurs. It also extends support to creators who seek to financially benefit from their intellectual property assets.
In an effort to highlight the central role intellectual property plays in enhancing wealth creation, WIPO organizes regular capacity building activities. These training initiatives take the form of seminars, workshops and roundtable discussions.
With an aim to encouraging networking and partnerships in economic areas of its Member States, WIPO provides analyses and reports on the ‘creative clustering’ effect. These studies are intended to support the policy formulation in countries wishing to deliberately encourage creative industry clustering.
WIPO also serves as a clearinghouse of economic and mapping data to facilitate the dissemination and capture of key economic data relating to the creative industries. It’s 2003 publication WIPO Guide on Surveying the Economic Contribution of the Copyright-based Industries attempted to outline and provide a methodology for measuring intellectual property activities in economic terms. It summarized current best-practices, developed a flexible guideline system and established a basis for future comparative studies. Since the guide has been published, numerous countries have reported that the creative industries are, on average, their fastest growing economic sector. With this guide in hand national surveys continue to be carried out.