The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has launched its new database to provide open and free-of-charge online access to judicial decisions on intellectual property (IP) from around the world.

The free to access database is called WIPO Lex-Judgments. According to the organization, WIPO Lex-Judgments provides access to judicial decisions that have been selected directly by the courts or other national authorities of each member state as leading decisions due to their significant impact or precedential value. The database captures searchable, bibliographic details for all indexed judgments, which include subject matter, issuing authority, type of proceeding, relevant legislation, keyword and summary, as well as the full text of the decision in its original language. As it is integrated with WIPO Lex, WIPO Lex-Judgments also enables cross-references to national laws and international treaties referenced in the decision, as contained in WIPO Lex.

WIPO Lex-Judgments will provide an important support for the adjudication of IP disputes in a globalized 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.

The WIPO Lex-Judgments interface is available in English, Arabic, Chinese, French, Russian and Spanish, and enhances global access to the text of foreign IP judgments through the availability of automatic machine translation tools, including WIPO Translate.

As of its launch last 24 September 2020, WIPO Lex-Judgments will consist of IP related judicial decisions promulgated from an initial group of 10 countries including Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Jamaica, Mexico, Peru, Korea, and Spain.

Certainly, WIPO Lex-Judgment is a welcome tool for the entire IP stakeholders community including government offices, judiciaries, IP practitioners, and even IP owners all around the world. It is a welcome resource at the international level and its contribution to the availability of and access to information and data on judicial systems and decisions on IP will be invaluable.