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WIPO Match

Leveraging intellectual property for development

WIPO Match is a free online tool used to match seekers of specific intellectual property (IP)-related development needs with potential providers offering resources. WIPO acts as a facilitator of cooperation and publicizes successful matches. The service amplifies WIPO’s resources and multiplies existing partnerships.

WIPO Match is a global stakeholders community which aims at harnessing the industry and private sector's power to promote economic, social and cultural development in developing countries, LDCs, as well as countries in transition. It does this by helping IP technical assistance seekers to find relevant providers for project and local engagements.

Vision – To empower the innovativeness and creativity of IP stakeholders, by enabling a dynamic platform, which fosters global development.

WIPO Match is open to seekers, providers and supporters.


Seekers must come from developing countries, countries in transition or least developed countries. Seekers may include:

  • non-governmental organizations (from developed countries) working with projects in developing countries, and/or countries in transition
  • IP offices
  • IP-related government bodies
  • Public research institutions, universities
  • Foundations (inc. research foundations)
  • Inter-governmental organizations
  • Companies (N.B. private sector entities are advised to include a letter of endorsement from their national IP office)

Benefits for seekers

  • Access to extra funds and skills.
  • Helps to move IP technical assistance projects forward.
  • Networking with IP partners from around the globe.
  • Promotion of your organization to a broad range of IP stakeholders.


Providers cover a wide range of state and non-state actors including but not limited to:

  • Governments
  • Non-governmental organizations, inter-governmental organizations
  • Foundations (inc. research foundations)
  • Companies
  • Universities

Benefits for providers

  • Promote development through contributing to IP technical assistance projects.
  • Assist developing regions in making IP systems easier to use.
  • Create new business opportunities with mutual interests between the providers and providers from developing countries, and/or countries in transition.


You can support WIPO Match in a variety of ways, from providing expertise (human, financial, technical), to promoting the tool. As a WIPO Match supporter you agree to:

  • allow WIPO to use your organization's name and logo (for promoting the WIPO Match platform);
  • support the further development of WIPO Match as a voluntary matchmaking platform for IP and innovation related technical ;
  • provide your organization's contact details; and
  • be added to the WIPO Match contact list to receive updates on future developments and WIPO Match-related invitations/events.


  • Promote developments through contributing to IP technical assistance projects;
  • Assist developing regions in making IP systems easier to use;
  • Create new business opportunities with mutual interests between the providers and providers from developing countries, and/or countries in transition.

In order to upload your own offers or needs, you first need to create a WIPO Account. Once your WIPO Account is set up, access the WIPO Match database, from where you can sign in.

Video: Introducing WIPO Match

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Seekers must come from developing countries, countries in transition or least developed countries.

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Providers include governments, non-governmental and inter-governmental organizations, companies, universities, etc.

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In addition to promoting WIPO Match, supporters provide valuable expertise (human, financial, technical).

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Success stories

Find out how WIPO Match optimizes matches between creative and innovative players in our success stories.

Why use WIPO Match?

WIPO Match is not only a platform for technical assistance projects, but also one which can bring new opportunities for integrated IP and innovation projects, such as private-public partnerships, south-south cooperation and triangular projects.

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Free: free access to be part of the growing WIPO Match Community and worldwide network.

Simple: user-friendly interface with quick access to existing projects (needs and offers).

Reliable: all needs and offers go through a due diligence process managed by the WIPO Match Team.

Global: a growing community of more than 100 partners from 36 countries.

Find out more about the the salient features of WIPO Match.

What is a successful match?

A successful match occurs when parties freely enter into a connection or when they demonstrate a mutual willingness to collaborate on agreed tailor-made terms.

There are two categories of matches:

  • Mutual agreement of collaboration between two parties.
  • Formalization of a collaboration agreement among three or more parties to leverage and/or develop a specific project.
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Kijani Energy developed mobile, solar-powered cooling units for small farmers to store and transport their crops. The company is using WIPO Match to find partners to help strengthen its IP portfolio and expand to other markets.