Under this project, the WIPO Academy provides assistance to member states to establish IP training institutions. The aim is to enable member states to create their own self-sustaining IP training infrastructure.
Working in harmony with existing TISC services, this project aims not only to identify inventions in the public domain, but also to support inventors, researchers and entrepreneurs in using information in the public domain to generate new research outputs and products.
This project highlights the links between tourism, IP and sustainable development. In particular it demonstrates how IP tools and strategies can support the promotion of sustainable tourism, as well as economic, social and cultural development.
We work on a wide range of studies investigating how IP interacts with economic development. These studies narrow the knowledge gap decision-makers face when adopting IP policies to support development objectives.
Technical assistance for users of IP
From support with patent applications to help with obtaining collective marks, individual users of the IP system can also benefit from WIPO technical assistance. Below are three related programs we run:
Innovators in developing countries often lack the resources or support network they need to use IP. Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs) help remedy this by providing access to locally based, high quality technology information and related services.
Legal support and advice is sometimes out of reach for developing country inventors. The Inventor Assistance Program (IAP) matches resource-limited inventors/small businesses with patent attorneys. The attorneys provide pro bono legal assistance with patent protection.
Universities and public research institutions (PRIs) are the factories of the knowledge economy. We offer support with creating IP policies for PRIs, including a database of policies, and provide information and advice on knowledge transfer.
The projects highlighted below represent a small selection of our work. For a more comprehensive list, consult our page dedicated to Development Agenda projects.
IP and branding
This project supported local businesses in developing countries and LDCs by helping businesses better use IP in product branding. The project benefitted communities producing traditional products in:
Panama (Café de Palmira, Piña de la Chorrera and Gunas Molas);
Thailand (Bang Chao Cha's wicker ware, Mae Chaem's colorful textiles and Lampoon's brocade silk); and
The main goal of this ongoing project is to enhance creativity and creative industries in selected African countries. We try to do this by improving audiovisual rights management as well as the profitability of copyright and related-rights-based transactions.
Burkina Faso, Kenya, Senegal (Phase I and II); and
Morocco and Cote d’Ivoire (Phase II).
IP and design
This project aims at supporting developing-country SMEs, which actively create and commercialize industrial designs, in the active use of the IP system and the development of strategies that will encourage investment in design.
Sixty-eight SMEs benefitted from this project, among which were 42 in Argentina and 26 in Morocco.
The project was designed to improve the capacity of people, communities and organizations in LDCs to adapt and reapply existing technical and scientific information to address their most urgent development challenges.
The project was implemented in six pilot countries: