Inventor Assistance Program (IAP)
The Inventor Assistance Program (IAP), a WIPO initiative in cooperation with the World Economic Forum, is the first global program of its kind. It matches developing country inventors and small businesses with limited financial means with patent attorneys, who provide pro bono legal assistance to secure patent protection.
No direct financial assistance is provided. For information on any type of assistance or support related to out of pocket costs (e.g. search of the state of the art, claim drafting, filing fees, any other fess, legalization or translation of documents, etc.) please contact your national Technology Innovation Support Center (TISC) for information.
In the context of the IAP, WIPO does not provide legal advice or assistance. WIPO is an international intergovernmental organization which promotes cooperation among its member states to protect intellectual property worldwide and is therefore not entitled to advise private parties. The role of WIPO in this case is to facilitate the matchmaking of inventors with limited financial means and pro bono patent attorneys.
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