Today WIPO – the World Intellectual Property Organization – launched a new service called WIPO PROOF to assist creators to evidence and prove the date at which certain assets were in existence. Whilst there are a large range of possible uses, this service may be especially useful in relation to copyright materials, providing authors with an easy and verifiable method by which to confirm that a work was in existence at a certain date.
The initial costs of the registration of each document are low and so this service should be available to a large number of creators. However, the requirement to have a WIPO account in order to purchase the tokens that are used for the registration will be a barrier to individuals accessing the service themselves.
WIPO PROOF is an easy-to-use global, online service that rapidly generates tamper-proof evidence proving that a digital file existed at a specific point in time, and that it has not been altered since that time. The service creates a WIPO PROOF token, a date- and time-stamped digital fingerprint of the file or data, which can be used as evidence in a legal dispute. WIPO PROOF tokens can be purchased one at a time for a modest fee, or in bundles of multiple tokens at reduced rates valid during a two year period.
If you would like to know more about the system, please visit the WIPO website (https://wipoproof.wipo.int/wdts/) or contact Justin Goldspink on 0207 822 2244 / [email protected] or Ross Waldram on 0207 822 2236 / [email protected] on any Intellectual Property-related issues.
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