The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) aims to enable governments, businesses and individuals in all its 188 member states to realise the potential benefits of intellectual property (IP) as a driver of innovation and creativity. It is an intergovernmental organization based in Geneva, Switzerland with 1,300 staff from 120 countries around the world. WIPO also has over 350 accredited observers who take part in WIPO activities. Currently WIPO administers 26 international treaties touching on every aspect of IP.
According to WIPO, there are several IP-related policy issues currently under debate at the international level such as: patents and public health, trade marks and public health, appellations of origin and geographical indications (Lisbon issues), IP and development and traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expressions and genetic resources.