The Inventor Assistance Program (IAP) is currently active in five countries: Colombia, Ecuador, Morocco, Philippines and South Africa. The table below presents details relevant to applying for IAP support in each participant country.
Governments of developing countries interested in participating should contact WIPO, the World Economic Forum or one of the IAP Steering Committee Members .
Your request should express the interest of your country in joining the IAP, together with the following information:
- The actions that your government would undertake to promote the IAP in the country;
- The number of resident patent applications filed pro se (without representation);
- Statistics on the number of resident patent applications rejected on procedural grounds (rejections that were likely issued due to a lack of legal assistance, e.g., formality rejections, abandonments, failure to request substantive examination, untimely reply to office action);
- A list of any known law firms, attorneys, bar groups, inventor groups or corporations which have expressed an interest in assisting with the work of the IAP.
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