The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) has launched a new database called WIPO Lex-Judgments to provide free-of-charge access to leading judicial decisions related to intellectual property (IP) law from around the world. At launch, the database consists of over 400 documents from 10 countries. 

The goal is to allow a greater overall understanding of how courts are handling IP cases by making available judgments. The relevant authorities in the participating member states are responsible for the selection and only add decisions to the database that establish precedent or offer a persuasive interpretation of IP law in their jurisdiction.

“WIPO Lex-Judgments will provide an important support for the adjudication of IP disputes in a globalised world where courts and policy makers, challenged by the dynamic nature of the IP discipline, can use the information gained from foreign judgments and judicial practice to inform their own search for domestic judicial and policy solutions,” said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry.