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.

Director General Daren Tang

All over the world, countries are increasing their investments in research and development. However, the journey from research to product is challenging, and getting economic outcomes from research investments requires technical knowledge, deep expertise and close connections between researchers, businesses and government. TISCs help ease this journey from research to product in two ways. They provide powerful tools that provide knowledge and build expertise, and they have local knowledge in the different stakeholders in the innovation ecosystem that allows them to be better connected with one another and in that connection the magic happens.

Welcome address, Global TISC Conference, November 29, 2021

WIPO’s COVID-19 response package

The capacities of Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs) and other technology transfer structures, in particular in developing countries, to identify and support the roll-out of innovations and inventions for combatting pandemic diseases will be strengthened:

  • Training materials on patent and technology search and licensing in the areas of prophylactics, therapeutics, bio-analytics, and bioinformatics will be developed.
  • Reference sources on specialized tools in the areas of prophylactics, therapeutics, bio-analytics, and bioinformatics will be expanded and integrated into the WIPO INSPIRE
  • Expanding free or low-cost access to specialized tools and content in the areas of prophylactics, therapeutics, bio-analytics, and bioinformatics through the Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI) and Access to Specialized Patent information (ASPI) programs will be explored.

New resources for evidence-based decision making will be provided through patent landscape reports in the fields of vaccines, therapeutics, bio-analytics and bioinformatics. Current data on inventions in these fields will be made accessible through dedicated PATENTSCOPE portals.

Guidance on effective means for promoting innovation to combat pandemic diseases will be provided in the form of specialized policies and policy elements made available through WIPO’s dedicated IP Policies for Universities database.

Platforms and tools

We provide digital platforms and tools to reinforce technology and innovation support services and facilitate networking among TISCs.

WIPO INSPIRE

A collection of reports on patent databases and their features. Get clear, accurate and unbiased information and find out which patent database is best for you.

Patent Register Portal

Your gateway to online patent registers and gazettes and to legal-status-related information from over 200 jurisdictions and patent information collections.

eTISC

A social platform for the TISC community and IP users to interact with each other and share knowledge and ideas.

Learning resources

We develop knowledge and skills underpinning the delivery of technology and innovation support services.

Webinars

Webinars include expert presentations covering topics related to the technology and innovation support services.

  • WIPO INSPIRE Launch (November 2020)  Video  PDF, Webinar: Webinar: Overview of the WIPO Guide on Identifying Inventions in the Public Domain, Q&A PDF, Webinar: WIPO Support Services for TISCs
  • Overview of the WIPO Guide on Identifying Inventions in the Public Domain (July 2020) Video  PDF, Webinar: Webinar: Overview of the WIPO Guide on Identifying Inventions in the Public Domain, Q&A PDF, Webinar: WIPO Support Services for TISCs
  • Overview of the WIPO Guide on Using Inventions in the Public Domain (July 2020)   Video   PDF, Webinar: Webinar: Overview of the WIPO Guide on Using Inventions in the Public Domain, Q&A PDF, Webinar: WIPO Support Services for TISCs
  • Fundamentals of Using Patent Databases (June 2020) Video   PDF, Webinar: WIPO Support Services for TISCs
  • New WIPO eTISC Platform (June 2020) Video   PDF, Webinar: WIPO Support Services for TISCs
  • WIPO Support Services for TISCs (May 2020) Video   PDF, Webinar: WIPO Support Services for TISCs
  • WIPO Support Services for TISCs - Questions and answers PDF, Webinar: WIPO Support Services for TISCs Questions and answers
  • WIPO Lex (October 2016) Video PDF, Webinar: WIPO Lex
  • Overview of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (February 2016) Video
  • WIPO Standards (June 2015) Video PDF, Webinar: WIPO Standards
  • Research4Life and ARDI programs (November 2014) Video, Webinar: Reasearch4Life and ARDI programs PDF, Video, Webinar: 				Reasearch4Life and ARDI programs
  • Business use of patent information (May 2014) Video PDF, Video, Webinar: Business Use of Patent Information
  • Patent classification: structure and use (September 2013) Video PDF, Patent Classification: Structure and Use
  • Patent classification advantages (July 2013) Video, Patent Classification Advantages PDF, Patent Classification Advantages

E-Tutorial on Patent Information

The e-tutorial is a self-paced interactive certificate course with tutorials, scenarios, and practical exercises.

Publications

TISC Annual Reports

The Annual Report highlights key trends and milestones of the TISC program since its launch in 2009, with a focus on that year's achievements and developments.

Patent Landscape Reports (PLRs)

PLRs provide a snapshot on the patent situation of a specific technology, either within a given country or region, or globally.

WIPO Technology Trends Reports (WITT)

The WIPO "Technology Trends" series tracks the development of technologies through the analysis of data on innovation activities

WIPO Technology Trends