December 2016 | No. 12/2016


Inventor Assistance Program

WIPO has launched a first‑of‑its‑kind global program in which patent attorneys provide pro bono assistance to inventors in developing countries who want to file a patent for their invention but lack the means to do so.  WIPO, in cooperation with the World Economic Forum, officially unveiled the Inventor Assistance Program on 17 October 2016 in Geneva, following a successful pilot effort in Colombia, the Philippines and Morocco.

The program aims to help inventors and small enterprises with limited finances to pursue patent protection that will help them successfully commercialize a product or new solution.  Qualified attorneys help by providing free legal assistance to inventors who would otherwise be unable to afford the legal costs of obtaining a patent.  Research shows that many patent applications are rejected on procedural issues that IP lawyers can help to avoid.

For further information on the program, please see Press Release PR/2016/798 and frequently asked questions at, respectively:




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