AIPPI (Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle): International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property

The International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, generally known under the abbreviated name AIPPI, is the world’s leading international organization dedicated to the development and improvement of legal regimes for the protection of intellectual property (IP). It is a politically neutral, non-profit organization, domiciled in Switzerland, which currently has 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.

It operates by conducting studies of existing national laws and proposes measures to achieve harmonization of these laws on an international basis. Where appropriate, AIPPI intervenes with submissions before major courts and legislative bodies to advocate for strengthened IP protection.

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 Milan, Rio de Janeiro, Toronto, Seoul, and Paris. The 2017 World Congress will be held in Sydney. 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 are taken on a consensus basis. At the same time, a World Congress serves as a forum for an Educational Programme, offering a Professional Development Programme with valuable educational sessions.

The Executive Committee convenes at each Congress. The Council of Presidents also meets annually during each Congress.


The 2017 AIPPI World Congress will be held in Sydney, Australia and promises to be an unforgettable event that will bring together attendees from all over the world. There is no better place to learn and discuss hot IP topics in a pleasant and welcoming environment than the commercial capital of Australia. The annual AIPPI World Congresses offer excellent networking opportunities and educational programs, which feature sessions on international IP issues, special panels of experts, mock trials and much more.

Please join us in Sydney in 2017 for what will undoubtedly be a spectacular Congress. For more information visit

See you in Sydney!

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