WIPO Match

WIPO Match is an online tool 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.

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The CDIP authorized the creation of the IP Development Matchmaking Database (IP-DMD) in 2012, in line with Recommendation 9 of WIPO's Development Agenda. WIPO Match is the new name for IP DMD.

Who can join?

WIPO Match is open to seekers, providers and supporters.


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

  • 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
  • etc.

Benefits for providers

  • Promote development through contributing to IP technical assistance projects.
  • Assist developing regions in making IP systems easier to use.


You can support WIPO Match in a variety of ways, from providing expertise (human, financial, technical), to promoting the tool.  WIPO Match currently has 87 supporters around the globe.

Benefits for supporters

  • Publicity and visibility.
  • Access to WIPO Technical Assistance information.
  • Inclusion in WIPO Match as potential seekers/providers of resources.