The Access to Information and Knowledge Division is responsible for:
- facilitating access to patent and non-patent search tools and databases;
- developing local proficiency to effectively search and exploit technology information with a particular view to narrowing the global knowledge gap and assisting least developed and developing countries to more fully participate in the global knowledge economy;
- providing services that deliver basic and value-added patent information that is not readily available or requires special expertise for retrieval, analysis and evaluation; and
- facilitating access to results of examination at other IP institutions
Our activities include:
- Creating and promoting sustainable Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs).
- Facilitating access to specialized technical content through the ARDI and ASPI programs.
- Patent Landscape Reports: analysis of patterns of patenting activity in various fields of technology.
- International Collaboration on Examination (ICE): provides search and examination reports to IPOs in developing countries; facilitates access to and use of examination results for members of the patent family.
- WIPO’s Patent Information Service for developing countries (WPIS): provides technology search reports to institutions in developing countries, IGOs, and NGOs; provides and facilitates access to legal status of patent applications.