WIPO’s COVID-19 Related Services and Support

The following package outlines WIPO’s suite of support measures to assist Member States in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as laying the foundations for post COVID economic recovery efforts. It comprises five main areas: policy and legislative assistance; technical assistance and capacity building; innovation support and technology transfer; IP dispute resolution; and knowledge resources

Member States seeking more information or wishing to tap on these forms of unilateral support should contact Mr. Sherif Saadallah, Executive Director of the WIPO Academy and Focal Point on WIPO’s Package of COVID-19 support.

Member States seeking more information on the WIPO-WTO-WHO Trilateral Cooperation relating to COVID-19 should contact Ms. Amy Dietterich, Director of the Global Challenges Division.

Policy and Legislative Assistance

Legislative and Policy Advice relating to IP, innovation and creativity

WIPO has decades of experience in providing advice to Member States on the drafting of IP laws as well as in the building of innovation and creative ecosystems. We will draw on this to provide advice to Member States on specific or systemic measures that will help them to address the pandemic, as well as build back better. Some examples of assistance in the past include the implementation of flexibilities contained in the international treaties. Other examples include the building of tech transfer and/or IP licensing capabilities. 

Such advisory support is strictly bilateral and confidential, and will be tailor made to suit each Member State’s unique circumstances and needs.

Technical Assistance and Capacity-Building

WIPO Academy

WIPO National IP Training Institutions (IPTIs) will scale up COVID-related training and education programs. Areas of focus include: IP and Access to Medicines, IP and Medical Innovation (with focus on COVID-related medical innovation) and IP as an open collaboration tool to address COVID.  The Academy will assist the IPTIs to provide training courses focused on post-COVID economic recovery through innovation and creativity. 

WIPO’s Distance Learning and Professional Development Courses provide an accessible way for Member States, communities and individuals, to build their IP knowledge and skills.  Customized versions of the courses also offer country specific IP learning.  WIPO’s professional development courses focus on building IP skills for government officials to support innovation and creativity. Distance learning courses of particular relevance include:

WIPO – WHO – WTO Intensified Cooperation

As part of our enhanced cooperation to support Member States in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, the WIPO, WHO and WTO will jointly offer a series of practical, capacity-building workshops. These have two overarching objectives: to enhance the flow of information as the pandemic evolves and to strengthen the capacity of Member States to address the pandemic via equitable access to COVID-19 health technologies.  The first workshop on technology transfer and licensing is planned to take place in the second half of September 2021.

The Trilateral Cooperation is also discussing how to step up efforts for tripartite technical assistance to Member States, through the provision of a one-stop shop that will make available the full expertise on access, IP and trade matters of all three agencies. More details will be provided in due course.

IP and Health/Life Sciences

  • Executive Course on Promoting Access to Medical Technologies and Innovation
  • Executive Course on Intellectual Property and Genetic Resources in the Life Sciences
  • Leadership Course on Intellectual Property and the Life Sciences for Participants in the L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Program

Patents

  • Specialization Course on the Essentials of Patents
  • eTutorial on Using Patent Information
  • Advanced Course on Patent Information Search

Innovation Support and Technology Transfer

WIPO Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISC)

Member States can tap on our expertise in building over 1,200 Technology and Innovation Support Centers in over 80 countries. These Centers provide innovators and researchers in developing countries with access to locally based, high quality technology information and related services that will help them better understand and use IP in the R&D and technology contexts.  WIPO also provides a series of programs and training resources, including WIPO Distance Learning courses, to support the building of IP expertise and capabilities within these TISCs.

IP Dispute Resolution

WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center (WIPO AMC)

Some 15% of mediation and arbitration cases filed with the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center (WIPO AMC) are connected to the biosciences, medical devices and chemical industries. These disputes do not just involve large companies, but also SMEs and start-ups. The WIPO AMC has announced that it will reduce its fees by 25% when any enterprise with less than 250 employees is involved in a dispute, so that start-ups and SMEs can have better access to such services.

In addition, the WIPO AMC recently held an online workshop to launch two new services tailored to the life sciences sector:  

  • Tailored WIPO Mediation Agreements: to facilitate contract negotiation or the resolution of contract performance disputes. 
  • WIPO Dispute Resolution Board: to determine contract performance disputes as they arise in long-term life sciences collaborations.
Further information on WIPO ADR in the life sciences sector

Knowledge Resources

Covid-19 IP Policy Tracker

WIPO tracks and provides information on measures adopted by IP offices in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, including information connected to deadlines, legislative responses and other regulatory measures.

Database on Flexibilities in the Intellectual Property (IP) System

The Database on Flexibilities in the IP System contains data drawn from WIPO documents on Patent Related Flexibilities in the Multilateral Legal Framework and their Legislative Implementation at the National and Regional Levels.  It allows searches for implementation of flexibilities in national IP laws in selected jurisdictions.

Pat-INFORMED

The Patent Information Initiative for Medicines (Pat-INFORMED) provides easy access to medicine patent information to the global health community, particularly those involved in procurement of medicines. As of June 2021, the database contained 236 International Non Proprietary Name (INN) sets, and 21,029 patents in 653 patent families.

Patent Landscape Reports (PLR) and Analytics

Patent Landscape Reports are a way of using patent information and data to gather and share insights on technology developments. WIPO has supported the WHO and local vaccine manufacturing discussions with its PLR on vaccines; licensing and public procurement discussions; and decisions of the Medicines Patent Pool related to antirotrevirals (ritonavir and Atazanavir).  WIPO is currently preparing a PLR relating to vaccines and therapeutic agents specifically targeting COVID-19 and hopes to release it just ahead of this year’s General Assemblies. WIPO has also collected publicly available PLRs and has put together a searchable compilation.

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Online dashboard to monitor WIPO operations

Download November 25, 2021 update

Meetings and webinars

We have increased our offerings of virtual meetings and webinars to accommodate for COVID-19 restrictions and them more accessible worldwide.

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WIPO virtual and hybrid meetings

Delegates can participate remotely and interactively in our formal meetings, thanks to a multi-lingual, cloud-based, virtual conferencing platform.

WIPO webinars

We organize free webinars for the latest information and training on WIPO services, databases and program activities.