WIPO Awards Program

Global economic and cultural progress has been enabled by innovation and creativity. Around the world, WIPO's award programs recognize innovators and creators, big and small, companies and individuals.

The WIPO Awards Program includes both global and national awards.

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WIPO Global Awards

WIPO's Global Awards, with an international jury and special prizes for bringing talent to the market, honor enterprises and individuals using intellectual property to impact people's lives positively.

With this newly launched program, WIPO takes a step further in promoting innovation and creativity at every level of society for the betterment of everyone.

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WIPO National Awards

WIPO's National Awards acknowledge and reward innovators and creators recognized by governmental institutions and other institutions in member states.

The WIPO National Awards categories are: the WIPO Medal for Inventors, the WIPO Medal for Creativity, the WIPO IP Enterprise Medal, the WIPO Schoolchildren’s Medal and the WIPO Users’ Medal.

Various fraudulent schemes implying association with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) including fake offers of employment at WIPO, training courses and e-mail prize awards have been detected.

These use not only e-mails but also fake web-sites, faxes and telephone numbers. Some of them even include the name of the Director General of WIPO and names of WIPO staff. Many request detailed information and/or money, in connection with supposed registration fees, hotel reservations, employment opportunities, prizes or awards. They sometimes carry the WIPO logo, a photograph of the WIPO Director General and originate from, or refer to, e-mail addresses that resemble those of WIPO or the United Nations.

These are scams. Recipients are warned not to send any money or any personal or professional information, including bank account details, in response to them.

With regard to employment opportunities, it should be noted that WIPO does not charge a fee at any stage of the recruitment process (application, interview, processing, training before appointment or any other fees). Any requests for such payment or information should be refused and reported to local law enforcement authorities for appropriate action and to WIPO for its information. In case of any doubt, WIPO's Human Resources Management Department should be contacted directly at +41 22 338 91 11.

WIPO would appreciate your help in bringing suspect communications to its attention so that others can be warned. Contact us.

Other Scam Warnings

Requests for payment of fees that do not come from the International Bureau of WIPO.