The World Intellectual Property Organization has launched WIPO PROOF an online business service to provide “tamper-proof” digital evidence of the existence of any digital asset at any point in time.

Dubbed as “Trusted Digital Evidence”, WIPO PROOF is a new digital business service that provides a date- and time-stamped digital fingerprint of any digital file, proving its existence at a specific point in time. This new service is specifically designed for our increasingly digital world where innovation and creativity are enabled by technology, big data, and global collaboration.

By creating a date- and time-stamped fingerprint of a digital file, WIPO PROOF provides a sort of digital notary service, offering a trusted, cost-effective and efficient service worldwide. WIPO PROOF joins WIPO’s market-leading IP services for patents, trademarks, industrial designs, geographical indications, and arbitration and mediation.

To facilitate the creation of digital fingerprints of digital assets, WIPO PROOF creates a token which is a date- and time-stamped digital fingerprint of the file or data. WIPO aimed that such WIPO PROOF tokens can be used as evidence in a legal dispute. According to its website, WIPO PROOF tokens can be purchased one at a time for a modest fee, or in bundles of multiple tokens at reduced rates valid for two years.