World Intellectual Property Organization

Technology and Innovation Support Centers

The WIPO Technology and Innovation Support Center (TISC) program provides innovators in developing countries with access to locally based, high quality technology information and related services, helping them to exploit their innovative potential and to create, protect, and manage their intellectual property (IP) rights.

Services offered by TISCs may include:

  • Access to online patent and non-patent (scientific and technical) resources and IP-related publications;
  • Assistance in searching and retrieving technology information;
  • Training in database search;
  • On-demand searches (novelty, state-of-the-art and infringement);
  • Monitoring technology and competitors;
  • Basic information on industrial property laws, management and strategy, and technology commercialization and marketing.
Technology and Innovation Support Center in the Philippines (photo: IPOPHIL)

Learning resources

  • Webinar: Patent Classification Advantages – (in Spanish) (March 2014) Vídeo, Seminario web: Clasificación de patentes – Ventajas PDF, Seminario web: Clasificación de patentes – Ventajas
  • Webinar: Fundamentals of using patent databases (in Russian) Video, Fundamentals of using patent databases (in Arabic) PDF, Fundamentals of using patent databases (in Russian)
  • Webinar: Fundamentals of using patent databases (in Arabic) Video, Fundamentals of using patent databases (in Arabic) PDF, Fundamentals of using patent databases (in Arabic)
  • Webinar: Patent Classification Advantages – (in Russian) (February 2014)Video, Patent Classification Advantages – Russian version (February 2014) PDF, Patent Classification Advantages – (in Russian)(February 2014)
  • Webinar: Patent Classification Advantages – (in Arabic) (February 2014) Video, Patent Classification Advantages - Arabic Version PDF, Patent Classification Advantages
  • E-tutorial on using patent information
  • Webinar: Fundamentals of using patent databases (in French) Video, eTISC functionalities PDF, eTISC functionalities
  • Webinar: The eTISC platform: Functionalities (October 24, 2013) Video, eTISC functionalities PDF, eTISC functionalities
  • Webinar: Patent Classification: Structure and Use (September 12, 2013) Video, Patent Classification: Structure and Use PDF, Patent Classification: Structure and Use
  • Webinar: Patent Classification Advantages (July 2013) Video, Patent Classification Advantages PDF, Patent Classification Advantages
  • Webinar: Fundamentals of using patent databases (June 2013) Video, Fundamentals of using patent databases PDF, Fundamentals of using patent databases
  • Guide to Technology Databases PDF, Guide to Technology Databases
  • PATENTSCOPE: Search and CLIR PDF, PATENTSCOPE: Search and CLIR
  • PATENTSCOPE Search: The User's Guide PDF, PATENTSCOPE Search: The User's Guide

Find a TISC

The WIPO Directory of TISCs provides detailed information on all TISCs including the services offered.

Establish a TISC

  • Background
  • TISCs: Implementation Guide PDF, TISCs - Implementation Guide
  • Road map for establishing a TISC PDF, Road map for establishing Technology and Innovation Support Centers
  • TISC flyer PDF, TISCs - Enhancing innovation through knowledge and expertise, Brochure

The eTISC platform

Sharing knowledge

eTISC is a social network to enable the global TISC community to collaborate, exchange information and access new learning opportunities.

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Ask the Expert

Monthly offline chats with academic and private sector professionals. Ask the Expert events and chat archives are open to eTISC members only. 

This month's expert

Upcoming chat with our Expert Rose Mboya from the Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute (Bio) on the importance of linking Universities and Research Centers to the Public and Private Sector for the Management, Promotion and Commercialization of IP Assets especially for Spin-offs and Start-ups.
  • Presentation: "Linking Universities and Research Centers to the Public and Private Sector for the Management, Promotion and Commercialization of IP Assets: Spin-offs and Start-ups PDF, Presentation slides: TISC Network: Moroccos's Experience

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