E wo/pbc/23/3 original: english date: june 4, 2015 Program and Budget Committee Twenty-Third Session Geneva, July 13 to 17, 2015

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The flexibility formulas are the mechanism which enables the levels of financial resources allocated to the global protection systems (PCT, Madrid, Hague) to be varied to reflect unbudgeted variations in the total volume of registration activities. The flexibility formulas for the PCT, Madrid and Hague systems were revised and approved by their respective Assemblies, which convened from September 24 to October 3, 2007.

The revised flexibility formula for the PCT system is described in document PCT/A/36/5, and it was approved by the PCT Assembly as indicated in document PCT/A/36/13. As noted in these documents, the flexibility formula for PCT was revised to reflect a budget variation of 341,870 Swiss francs per 1,000 unbudgeted PCT international applications. The revised formula no longer linked the variations in the number of applications to variations in the number of staff posts as it was done before. Rather, the formula proposed to vary the total resources allocated to programs involved, allowing to use both personnel resources (such as posts, short-term employees, SSAs, etc.) and nonpersonnel resources (such as outsourcing contracts). The adjustments are allocated to the administration of the PCT system and support services at a 87.5:12.5 ratio.


The revised flexibility formula for the Madrid system is described in document MM/A/38/5, and it was approved by the Madrid Assembly as reflected in document MM/A/38/6. The new formula allows for adjustments in the Madrid Union budget by 197,060 Swiss francs for each variation of 500 registrations and/or renewals recorded as compared to the approved initial estimates. The formula no longer links the adjustments to staff posts only, but rather allows for adjustments in overall financial resources allocated to the programs directly involved in the processing of the resulting workload. These resources may be of personnel (posts, short-term employees, etc.) and non-personnel nature (e.g., outsourcing contracts). The adjustments are allocated to the administration of the International Trademark Registry and support services at a 87.5:12.5 ratio.


The revised flexibility formula for the Hague system is described in document H/A/24/3, and it was approved by the Hague Assembly as reflected in document H/A/24/4. The new formula provides for adjustments of the Hague Union budget by an amount of 99,024 Swiss francs for each variation of 300 registrations and/or renewals recorded in the Hague Union Registry as compared to the approved initial estimates. The resources may be of personnel and non-personnel nature, and they are allocated to the administration of the Hague Union Registry and support services at a 87.5:12.5 ratio.


ABC Accessible Books Consortium

ACE Advisory Committee on Enforcement

ADR Alternative Dispute Resolution

AGICOA Association of International Collective Management of Audiovisual Works

AIMS Administration Information Management System

AIPMS Arab IP Management System

aRDi Access to Research for Development and Innovation

ASEAN Association of South East Asian Nations

ASHI After-Service Health Insurance

ASPI Access to Specialized Patent Information

AUTM Association of University Technology Managers

AWGIPC ASEAN Working Group on Intellectual Property Cooperation

BOIP Benelux Organization for Intellectual Property

CASE Centralized Access to Search and Examination Results

ccTLDs country code Top-Level Domain

CDIP Conference on Development and Intellectual Property

CIS Commonwealth of Independent States

CLIR Cross Lingual Information Retrieval

CMG Crisis Management Group

CMOs collective management organizations

CTCN Climate Technology Center and Network

DA Development Agenda

DAS Digital Access Service for Priority Documents

DGIPR Directorate General of Intellectual Property Rights

DNS Domain Name System

EACIN East Africa Climate Innovation Network

ECDL (test) European Computer Driving Licence (global computer literacy certification)

ECLA patent classification assigned by the European Patent office

ECM Enterprise Content management

EDMS Electronic Document Management System

EEC Eurasian Economic Commission

EGEDA Entidad de Gestión de Derechos de los Productores Audiovisuales

EPO European Patent Office

ERP enterprise resource planning

ETSI European Telecommunication Standards Institute

EU European Union

FAO Food and Agricultural Organization

FI patent classification assigned by the Japanese Patent office

FIT Fund-in-Trust

GNIPA Global Network of IP Academies

GR genetic resources

gTLDs generic Top-Level Domains

HR Human Resources

HRMD Human Resources Management Department

IAOC Independent Advisory and Oversight Committee
ICOM International Council of Museums

IOD Internal Oversight Division

ICANN Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers

ICE International Cooperation on Examination

ICSEI International Cooperation for the Search and Examination of Inventions

ICPIP Inter-State Council on the Protection of Industrial Property

ICSC International Civil Service Commission

ICT Information and Communication Technology

IGC Intergovernmental Committee on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore

IGOs inter-governmental organizations

IIA Institute of Internal Auditors

IMPI Mexican Institute of Industrial Property

IMR International Music Registry

INP-BR Brazilian National Institute of Industrial Property

IP Intellectual Property

IPAG Intellectual Property Agreement Guide

IPAS IP Office Administration System

IPACIS Assembly of the CIS Member States

IPC International Patent Classification

IP-DMD Intellectual Property Development Matchmaking Database

IPO Intellectual Property Office

IPoA Istanbul Programme for Action

OPOPHL Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines

IPRs Intellectual Property Rights

IPSAS International Public Sector Accounting Standards

IT Information Technology

IP-TAD Intellectual Property Technical Assistance Database

IP-ROC Intellectual Property Roster of Consultants

ISO International Organization for Standardization

ITIL Information Technology Infrastructure Library

ITPGRFA International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture

ITU International Telecommunications Union

KOTEC Korea Technology Finance Corporation

LDCs Least Developed Countries

MDGs Millenium Development Goals

MGS Madrid Goods and Services Manager

MTSP Medium Term Strategic Plan

NGOs non-governmental organizations

OHIM Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (Community Trademarks)

OCR Optical Character Recognition (OCR

PCD Procurement Services Division

PCT Patent Cooperation Treaty

PLR Patent Landscape Reports

PLT Patent Law Treaty

PMSDS Performance Management and Staff Development System

PPR Program Performance Report

RBM Results-based Management

R&D research and development

RFPs Requests for Proposals

RO Receiving Office

SCCR Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights

SCP Standing Committee on the Law of Patents

SCT Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications

SDG Sustainable Development Goals

SLC Special Labor Contract

SMEs small and medium sized enterprises

SSA Special Service Agreements

SRP Strategic Realignment Program

SRR Staff Regulations and Rules

TA Travel Authorization

TCEs Traditional Cultural Expressions/Folklore

TIGAR Trusted Intermediary Global Accessible Resources

TISCs Technology Innovation Support Centers

TK Traditional Knowledge

TTO Technology Transfer Office

UDRP Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy

UN United Nations

UNCTAD United Nations Conference on Trade and Development

UN CEB United Nations Chief Executives Board

UN-DESA United Nations Department of Social and Economic Affaires

UNEP United Nations Environmental Programme

UNESCO United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

UNFCCC Framework Convention on Climate Change

UN-H-MOSS UN Headquarters Minimum Operating Security Standards

UNICC UN International Computing Centre

UNIDO United Nations Industrial Development Organization

UNOSSC United Nations Office for South-South Cooperation

UNSAS United Nations System Accounting Standards

UPOV International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants

USCLA US Classifications

USPTO United States Patent and Trademark Office

VIP Visually Impaired Persons and other persons with print disabilities

WBO WIPO Brazil Office

WCC WIPO Copyright Connection

WCO World Customs Organization

WCO WIPO China Office

WCT WIPO Copyright Treaty

WHO World Health Organization

WIPO CASE Centralized Access to Search and Examination results

WIPOCOS software for collective management of copyright and neighboring rights

WJO WIPO Japan Office

WPPT WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty

WRO WIPO Russia Office

WSIS World Summit on the Information Society

WSO WIPO Singapore Office

WTO World Trade Organization

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1 The detailed forecasts are included in Annex IV.

2 As at April 2015.

3For details on Member States’ contributions please refer to Appendix A.

4 For definitions of sources of income, please refer to Appendix B.

5 WIPO’s financial statements are prepared in accordance with IPSAS, on a full accrual basis, since 2010.

6 See Table 6

7 Review of Budgetary Process Applied to Projects Proposed by the Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP) for the Implementation of the Development Agenda Recommendations (A/48/5 REV.)

8 Subject to approval by the Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP).

9 See table 7.

10 Due to the fact that the Program and Budget and the PPR for 2014 are prepared in parallel, any discrepancies between the two documents will be adjusted during the baseline update exercise.

11 The total non-personnel 2012/13 Approved Budget amounted to 238.8 million Swiss francs

12 A detailed description of the cost categories is provided in Appendix B.

13 Posts – this category covers staff on fixed term, continuing or permanent contracts against approved posts in the Professional and General Services categories.

14 Temporary staff – this category covers staff holding temporary contracts.

15 Consistent with past practice, countries with economies in transition are included for the purpose of the Program and Budget.

16 Baselines and targets to be established end-2015 once the new web-based statistical tools and methodologies have been tested and confirmed

17 All statistics are based on the date of filing of PCT applications or Chapter II demands.

18 A record copy is a PCT application transmitted to the International Bureau (IB) by a receiving Office after its filing at, and its processing by, that Office. Because record copies are only received at the IB after processing at a receiving Office, the figures are strongly influenced by processing times at these Offices. For this reason, trends in the receipt of record copies, while valid indicators of IB workloads, do no exactly match trends in the filing of PCT applications.

19 Following an independent review of PCTIS performance metrics, its definition slightly changed from the one described in the Program and Budget 2014/15

20 See “Total workload” above.

21 See “Total workload” above.

22 The Madrid System provides support to the Hague System, in particular in translation and IT activities. These costs were disregarded in this method.

23 See “Total workload” above

24 See the ratios for applications and renewals in “Total workload”, above.

25 Salary scale for the Professional and higher categories as of 1 Jan 2015; Pensionable remuneration scale as of February 2013; General Service Category Annual salaries and Allowances as of 1 April 2011

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