WIPO Re:Search has three major structural components: the Database, maintained by WIPO; the Partnership Hub, administered by BIO Ventures for Global Health (BVGH); and, Supporting Services.
Members of WIPO Re:Search may find it of benefit to access some of WIPO’s ongoing activities, particularly those geared to the needs of developing countries. A range of these services is identified below.
Furthermore, the World Health Organization (WHO) serves as a Technical Advisor to WIPO for WIPO Re:Search. WHO is committed to providing technical advice on research needs and opportunities to WIPO as appropriate based on elements of the Global Strategy and Plan of Action on Public Health, Innovation, and Intellectual Property (GSPA-PHI), which is being implemented by WHO and its Member States in collaboration with other stakeholders, including WIPO.
WIPO Support Services
Support is available from WIPO, among other things through general information about the IP system, information about WIPO’s activities and free public access to WIPO’s global collections of searchable IP data (WIPO GOLD), namely access to WIPO’s IP services, such as the PCT, Madrid and Hague.
Access to Information
Information about patents is available from the PATENTSCOPE search services which allow searching the complete collection of PCT international patent applications and an increasing number of national patent document collections. Access patent information is also available from a large number of industrial property offices with freely accessible online databases. WIPO Country profiles provide a wealth of country information about IP laws, statistics, use of WIPO’s services, links to national offices, etc.
The Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI) program, coordinated WIPO and partners in the publishing industry (currently, 17 publishers), aims at increasing the availability of scientific and technical information in developing countries. ARDI improves access to scholarly literature from diverse fields of science and technology to reinforce the capacity of developing countries and to support researchers in developing countries. Local, not-for-profit academic and research institutions and national intellectual property offices in two country groups are eligible got registering for Access to ARDI. The groups of countries are generally based on three factors: gross national income (GNI) per capita, Human Development Index (HDI) figures, and United Nations Least Developed Country (LDC) status.
The Access to Specialized Patent Information (ASPI) program, in partnership between WIPO and a number of patent information providers, gives free or low-cost access to sophisticated tools and services for retrieving and analyzing patent data to patent offices and academic and research institutions in least developed countries, selected middle income countries, and certain other developing countries.
WIPO promotes the establishment and development of Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs) in cooperation with national and regional industrial property offices in developing countries. TISCs provide access to locally based, high quality technology information and related services, helping innovators in developing countries to exploit their innovative potential and to create, protect, and manage their intellectual property rights. Services offered by TISCs include access to online patent information resources and assistance in searching and retrieving technology information. Some TISCs may offer, among other things, training in database search and certain on-demand services, such as novelty, state-of-the-art and infringement searches. The WIPO Directory of Technology and Innovation Support Centers provides detailed information on all TISCs including the services offered.
The WIPO Academy is engaged in enhancing the capacity to participate in, and to use, the IP system. To this effect, the WIPO Academy adopts an interdisciplinary approach to IP education and focuses on its links with trade, innovation, health, applied sciences, information technology and creative industries.
Technology transfer through licensing is a particular focus of WIPO Re:Search. Licensing means concluding a win-win agreement between partners based on mutually agreed terms. Building the capacity to successfully negotiate license agreement is a key concern to WIPO and WIPO Re:Search. WIPO supports its Member States by providing capacity building programs, offering, sustainable training programs and serving as a discussion forum on technology transfer topics.
Alternative Dispute Resolution
The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center, based in Geneva, with an additional office in Singapore, provides alternative dispute resolution services for the resolution of international commercial disputes between private parties. Developed by leading experts in cross-border dispute settlement, the procedures offered by the Center are widely recognized as particularly appropriate for technology, entertainment and other disputes involving intellectual property.