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The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property

 The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, known as AIPPI (Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle) dates back to 1897, shortly following the signature of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property in 1883. Following the initiative of leading legal scientists and practitioners, a founders meeting was held in Brussels on May 8, 1897 and in October 1897 the first Congress was convened in Vienna, with subsequent festivities in Budapest.

AIPPI is the world’s leading International Organization dedicated to the development and improvement of laws for the protection of intellectual property. It is a politically neutral, non-profit organization, based in Switzerland with over 9000 Members representing more than 100 countries. The objective of AIPPI is to improve and promote the protection of intellectual property on both international and national bases. It pursues this objective by working for the development, expansion and improvement of international and regional treaties and agreements and national laws relating to intellectual property.

A World Congress open to all Members is held annually, in September or October. Normally, about 2000 members attend with accompanying persons. Recent venues include Rio de Janeiro, Toronto, Seoul and Paris. The 2016 World Congress will be held in Milan. This annual cycle is a change from the previous two-year cycle and responds to the increasing pace of international developments. At a World Congress, pending Study Questions concerning international law are discussed and decisions taken on a consensus basis.