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WIPO PROOF Obtains Important Certifications to International Standards

16-Dec-2020 | Source : World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) | Visits : 1796
GENEVA - The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) announced that its newest digital business service, WIPO PROOF, has received important “trust service provider” certifications from two international organizations that set global technical standards for their domains, a press release by the Organization stated.

Following a voluntary audit, WIPO PROOF was found to have met the relevant policy, security and technical standards established by both ETSI, one of the European Union’s (EU) officially recognized standards-setting bodies, and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), an independent, non-governmental international organization with a membership of 165 national standard-setting bodies

WIPO PROOF, launched in May of this year, 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 was independently certified by external, accredited conformity assessment bodies as meeting the standards established under the EU Regulation called eIDAS, (Electronic Identification, Authentication and Trust Services) and the ISO standards for information security management.

Both certifications are industry-leading gold standards, recognized by market participants world-wide, said WIPO Assistant Director General Yo Takagi. The work of the EU regarding eIDAS, and that of the ISO, represents the kind of international collaboration that WIPO itself promotes to facilitate the efficient production and cross-border trade in goods and services required by the global economy, he said.

"WIPO PROOF is rapidly growing into an indispensable product for innovators and creators as they take their ideas from inspiration to marketplace. In receiving these certifications, WIPO demonstrates that its operations comply with industry best practices, while also showing support for the kind of practical multilateral activity that has been a bedrock of WIPO's inter-governmental activities for decades," said Mr. Takagi.

The European Commission’s eIDAS Regulation enables the use of electronic identification means and trust services (i.e. electronic signatures, electronic seals, time stamping, registered electronic delivery and website authentication) when accessing on-line services, assuring that these services comply to a common set of standards.  eIDAS is considered one of the most comprehensive regulations and stringent standards in the world for trust service providers.

The ISO/IEC 27001 standard defines the globally accepted requirements for a comprehensive information security management system.

By achieving both certifications, WIPO PROOF services are recognized as complying with all EU regulations regarding trust service providers issuing advanced electronic timestamps and establishes that WIPO PROOF meets the global standards for securing and protecting the customer information it receives.

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