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Romania at WIPO

The WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) (http://www.wipo.org) is an international organization dedicated to helping to ensure that the rights of creators and owners of intellectual property are protected worlwide and that inventors and authors are, thus, recognized and rewarded for their ingenuity.

WIPO expanded its role and further demonstrated the importance of intellectual property rights in the management of globalizad trade in 1996 by entering into a cooperation agreement with the Worl Trade Organization (WTO)

WIPO administers 21 treaties (two of those jointly with other international organizations), 15 of those related to industrial property and 6 related to copyright.

Since 1970, when the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organization went into force, Romania became member of WIPO.

Intellectual property right is a very important branch of the Romanian legislation based on a long tradition.

Historically, Romania has a honorable past, its first law in this field being adopted in 1862.

In 1906 Romania hosted The First World Congress of the Authors, in 1927 it adhered to the Bern Convention (1886) for the protection of Literary and Artistic Works.

The new Romanian Law on Copyright and Related Rights, Law no.8 of March 14, 1996 went into force on June 24, 1996.

During the second half of 1998 Romania took some important steps reforming its legal regime by joining the Paris Act of the Bern Convention - entered into force on September 9, 1998, the Geneva Phonograms Convention - entered into force on October 1-st, 1998, and the Rome Convention - entered into force on October 22, 1998.

At the end of 2000, the Parliament of Romania ratified by Law no.205/2000 the WIPO Copyright Treaty and by Law no.206/2000 WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty, adopted in Geneva in 1996.

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