WIPO cooperates with intellectual property (IP) offices, users and other stakeholders to develop shared IP tools, services, standards, databases and platforms.
This technical infrastructure is designed to help IP institutions collaborate more effectively and deliver more efficient services to their users; as well as enabling innovators and information-seekers worldwide to freely access the knowledge contained in the IP system.
Our approach to building global technical infrastructure includes the development and sharing of:
The IP Information Roundtableprovides interested circles, such as IP information users groups, patent/trademarks law association, experts and others from around the world with an international forum where IP information matters such as legal statuses, patent information, IP databases, etc. can be discussed.
The PATENTSCOPE Users Forum brings together patent law associations, user groups, experts and other stakeholders from around the world to exchange knowledge on matters related to patent databases.
The Global Symposium for IP Authorities facilitates discussions on the modernization and administration of IP Offices. Past meeting documents: 2011 | 2010 | 2009
Building capacity to participate in the knowledge economy
WIPO assists developing countries in building their IP infrastructure to increase their capacity to participate in the knowledge economy. Our work in this area, which also contributes to key WIPO Development Agenda projects, includes:
TISCs - WIPO's Technology and Innovation Support Center program supports numerous countries in establishing technology information services designed to help innovators create, protect and manage intellectual property rights and develop new solutions to technical problems faced at the local and global levels.
ICE - The International Cooperation for Patent Examination service provides expert assistance, training, and access to collections of patent documents to developing countries – all free of charge.
ARDI - The Access to Research for Development and Innovation program provides free or low-cost online access to major scientific and technical journals to local, not-for-profit academic and research institutions and national intellectual property offices in over 100 developing countries across the world.
ASPI - The Access to Specialized Patent Information program offers free or low-cost access to powerful tools and services for retrieving and analyzing patent information to academic and research institutions and patent offices in many developing countries.