World Intellectual Property Organization

SMEs and Entrepreneurship Support Division

The SMEs and Entrepreneurship Support Division acts as the central reference point within WIPO for SME-related IP issues. It is responsible for developing a solid platform of SME-related content in order to guide training and capacity-building activities targeted at SMEs support institutions and other intermediaries.

Contact us


  • Director: Matthew Rainey (photo on Flickr)
  • Director of the Department for Transition and Developed Countries: Michael Svantner (photo)
  • Program 30: Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) and Innovation (2014/15 Program and Budget PDF, Program and Budget)
  • Reports to: Director General

What we are trying to achieve

Our work aims to contribute to the following expected results in 2014/15:

  • Increased understanding/capacity of SMEs and SME support institutions to successfully use IP to support innovation and commercialization.
  • Facilitating enhanced access to, and use of, IP information by institutions and the public to promote innovation and creativity.
  • Contribution to national innovation and IP policies, strategies and development plans consistent with national development objectives
  • Contributing to enhanced human resource capacities able to deal with the broad range of requirements for the effective use of IP for development in developing countries, LDCs and countries with economies in transition.

These contribute to WIPO's Strategic Goals III: "facilitating the use of IP for development"; IV "coordination and development of global IP infrastructure"; and VII "addressing IP in relation to global policy issues".

What we do

    Our activities include:

  • Developing materials tailored to the needs of SMEs and identifying good practices in the use of the IP system by SMEs to demonstrate the positive impact on economic benefit, employment and competitiveness. 
  • Exploring opportunities for collaboration with other organizations with dedicated SME programs.
  • Assisting member states to build their national capacity to manage IP from the early stage of research results, through to commercializing, licensing or establishing a start-up business.
  • Assisting universities and research institutions in transferring new technologies to parties capable of commercialization, both nationally and across international


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