Technical Assistance

We offer technical assistance development support both to governments and users of the intellectual property (IP) system. All of our activities in this area are needs-driven and tailor-made. They are financed using both our regular budget, as well as funds-in-trust contributions.

We coordinate and plan our technical assistance to governments and users of the IP system (including universities and SMEs) through our focal points across the Organization.

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Technical assistance for governments

WIPO technical assistance for member states covers the full spectrum of IP rights: patents, trademarks, industrial designs, geographical indications and copyright. Our activities are divided into three main areas:

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National IP strategies

We help countries design, develop and implement national IP and innovation strategies, aligned with their development strategies.

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Policy and legislative advice

We provide tailored advice to individual member states who request our assistance in developing their national IP legislative and policy frameworks.

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IP office business solutions

We provide business solutions for IP offices from all regions to enable them to participate effectively in the global IP system.

Projects

The projects highlighted below represent a small selection of our work. For a more comprehensive list, consult our page dedicated to Development Agenda projects.

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National IP Academies

Under this project, the WIPO Academy provides assistance to member states to establish national IP training institutions. The aim is to enable member states to create their own self-sustaining IP training infrastructure.

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Leveraging the public domain

Working in harmony with existing TISC services, this project aims not only to identify inventions in the public domain, but also to support inventors, researchers and entrepreneurs in using information in the public domain to generate new research outputs and products.

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South-South cooperation

This project works on enabling the collection and exchange of valuable knowledge and experience on IP development among developing countries and LDCs.

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Tourism and development

This project highlights the links between tourism, IP and sustainable development. In particular it demonstrates how IP tools and strategies can support the promotion of sustainable tourism, as well as economic, social and cultural development.

Resources

Technical Assistance Database

The Intellectual Property Technical Assistance database (IP-TAD) contains information on technical assistance activities undertaken by WIPO.

Roster of Consultants 

The Roster of Consultants (ROC) database contains professional information on consultants engaged by WIPO to undertake specific IP-related technical assistance activities.

Development studies

We work on a wide range of studies investigating how IP interacts with economic development. These studies narrow the knowledge gap decision-makers face when adopting IP policies to support development objectives.

Technical assistance for users of IP

From support with patent applications to help with obtaining collective marks, individual users of the IP system can also benefit from WIPO technical assistance. Below are three related programs we run:

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Technology and innovation support

Innovators in developing countries often lack the resources or support network they need to use IP. Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs) help remedy this by providing access to locally based, high quality technology information and related services.

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Legal assistance

Legal support and advice is sometimes out of reach for developing country inventors. The Inventor Assistance Program (IAP) matches resource-limited inventors/small businesses with patent attorneys. The attorneys provide pro bono legal assistance with patent protection.

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Universities and IP

Universities and public research institutions (PRIs) are the factories of the knowledge economy. We offer support with creating IP policies for PRIs, including a database of policies, and provide information and advice on knowledge transfer.

Projects

The projects highlighted below represent a small selection of our work. For a more comprehensive list, consult our page dedicated to Development Agenda projects.

IP and branding

This project supported local businesses in developing countries and LDCs by helping businesses better use IP in product branding. The project benefitted communities producing traditional products in:

  • Panama (Café de Palmira, Piña de la Chorrera and Gunas Molas);
  • Thailand (Bang Chao Cha's wicker ware, Mae Chaem's colorful textiles and Lampoon's brocade silk); and
  • Uganda (cotton, sesame and vanilla).
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Audiovisual sector

The main goal of this ongoing project is to enhance creativity and creative industries in selected African countries. We try to do this by improving audiovisual rights management as well as the profitability of copyright and related-rights-based transactions.

The project was implemented in:

  • Burkina Faso, Kenya, Senegal (Phase I and II); and
  • Morocco and Cote d’Ivoire (Phase II).
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IP and design

This project aims at supporting developing-country SMEs, which actively create and commercialize industrial designs, in the active use of the IP system and the development of strategies that will encourage investment in design.

Sixty-eight SMEs benefitted from this project, among which were 42 in Argentina and 26 in Morocco.

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Adapting technologies

The project was designed to improve the capacity of people, communities and organizations in LDCs to adapt and reapply existing technical and scientific information to address their most urgent development challenges.

The project was implemented in six pilot countries:

  • Bangladesh, Nepal and Zambia (Phase I); and
  • Ethiopia, Rwanda and Tanzania (Phase II ongoing).