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.


Report: Celebrating 10 years of TISCs

We are delighted to share our annual report on the TISC program and its wealth of activities and initiatives carried out around the world. This year marks the tenth anniversary of the launch of the program and this report showcases the progress and achievements it has made in that time.

Francis Gurry, WIPO Director General

Learning resources


  • WIPO Lex (October 2016) Video, Webinar: WIPO Lex PDF, Webinar: WIPO Lex
  • Overview of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (February 2016) Video, Webinar: Overview of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) to the TISC
  • WIPO Standards (June 2015) Video, Webinar: WIPO Standards 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, Webinar: Business Use of Patent Information PDF, Video, Webinar: Business Use of Patent Information
  • The eTISC platform: functionalities (October 2013) Video, eTISC functionalities PDF, eTISC functionalities
  • Patent classification: structure and use (September 2013) Video, Patent Classification: Structure and Use PDF, Patent Classification: Structure and Use
  • Patent classification advantages (July 2013) Video, Patent Classification Advantages PDF, Patent Classification Advantages
  • Fundamentals of using patent databases (June 2013) Video, Fundamentals of using patent databases PDF, Fundamentals of using patent databases


Learn how to use the wealth of technology information in patent documents for research and development. Topics: patent basics, patent search and retrieval, and patent analysis.

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The eTISC platform – sharing knowledge

eTISC is a social network to enable the global TISC community to collaborate, exchange information and access new learning opportunities.

Join eTISC to:

  • get instant access to the Global TISC network via chats, forums, national TISC groups and popular photo service;
  • participate in TISC events (chats, webinars, TISC missions/workshops);
  • stay up-to-date with the eTISC news blog;
  • Helpdesk for TISCs and ARDI/ASPI programs.

"Ask the Expert" chats

Discuss IP issues with leading academic and private sector professionals and ask your questions during our monthly offline chats. Note: "Ask the Expert" chats are only open to eTISC members.