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.

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
    borders.

Management

  • Acting Director: Giovanni Napolitano (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

Contact us

Further details available in the latest Program and Budget Report.

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