IAP Participating Countries

The Inventor Assistance Program (IAP) is currently active in five countries: Colombia, Ecuador, Morocco, Philippines and South Africa. The table below presents details relevant to applying for IAP support in each participant country.

Governments of developing countries interested in participating should contact WIPO, the World Economic Forum or one of the IAP Steering Committee Members .

Your request should express the interest of your country in joining the IAP, together with the following information:

  • The actions that your government would undertake to promote the IAP in the country;
  • The number of resident patent applications filed pro se (without representation);
  • Statistics on the number of resident patent applications rejected on procedural grounds (rejections that were likely issued due to a lack of legal assistance, e.g., formality rejections, abandonments, failure to request substantive examination, untimely reply to office action);
  • A list of any known law firms, attorneys, bar groups, inventor groups or corporations which have expressed an interest in assisting with the work of the IAP.

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Country TISCs National IP office Income eligibility criteria Invention eligibility criteria
Colombia Centro de Información Tecnológica y apoyo a la Gestión de la Propiedad Industrial (CIGEPI) Colombian Patent Office (Superintendencia de Industria y Comercio)
  • Inventors with a fixed or variable monthly income not exceeding four monthly legal minimum salaries (consult Act 789 of 2002).
  • Small companies as defined by law 905 of 2004: those with between 11 and 50 staff and total assets equivalent to between 501 and 5,000 minimum monthly salaries.
  • Micro companies as defined by law 905 of 2004: those with no more than 10 staff and total assets less than 500 minimum monthly salaries.
  • The invention must not be subject to any exclusions or exceptions to patentability as defined by Articles 15 and 20 of Decision 486 of 2000.
  • The invention must be usable by industry over the next 10 years.
Ecuador Coming soon

Servicio Nacional de Derechos Intelectuales

The applicant is:

  • An individual earning less than 3 monthly “remuneración básica unificada” (unified basic remuneration); or
  • A microenterprise having between 1 and 9 employees with a turnover of less than $100,000.00; or
  • A small enterprise having between 10 and 49 employees, with a turnover of between $100,001.00 and $1,000,000.00
None
Morocco List of Moroccan TISCs Moroccan Industrial and Commercial Property Office (OMPIC).
  • Individual inventors not engaged in any other business activity.
  • Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) whose turnover does not exceed 75 million dirhams and whose permanent employees do not exceed 300, pursuant to Law No. 53.00 constituting the SME charter.
  • Self-employed people, as defined by Law No. 114.13, whose turnover is less than or equal to 500,000 dirhams for business activities or equal to 200,000 dirhams for service provision (this is a new legal category in Morocco for self-employed individuals).
  • Very small enterprises (VSEs) whose annual pre-tax turnover is less than 3 million dirhams.
  • The invention must not be subject to the exceptions to and/or exclusions from patentability, within the meaning of Law No. 17-97 on the protection of industrial property.
  • Technical and economic relevance of the invention.
Philippines List of TISCs in the Philippines Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHIL)
  • Any natural person who is earning P500,000.00 or less per annum.
  • Duly registered entity such as micro, small, start-up, spin-off companies with total assets LESS THAN P15,000,000.00 (Republic Act No. 9501).
  • The invention does not fall under the enumerations of non-patentable subject matter under Section 22 of the Intellectual Property Code of the Philippines, as amended by Republic Act No. 9502;
  • Commercial Potential: No prior art (arrangement that the applicant has to commercialize the technology subject of the application is a plus factor in the evaluation of an application for IAP).
South Africa Coming soon Companies and Intellectual Property Commission

The applicant is an individual or SME that is either:

  • A person earning less than R 30 000 per month after tax, or
  • An enterprise with an annual turnover of less than R5 million.

The invention concerned:

  • (on face value) meets patentability requirements.
  • has prospects for commercial success.