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.

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Report: TISCs as a catalyst for innovation and technology transfer

By the end of 2019, nearly 900 Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs) were in operation in three regional and 80 national networks, responding to over 1.2 million inquiries. To keep up with this expanding global demand, capacity development continues to be an important focus for the program.

Learning resources

Webinars

  • Overview of the WIPO Guide on Identifying Inventions in the Public Domain (July 2020) Video, Webinar: Overview of the WIPO Guide on Identifying Inventions in the Public Domain (July 2020) 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, Webinar: Overview of the WIPO Guide on Using Inventions in the Public Domain (July 2020) 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, Webinar: WIPO Support Services for TISCs PDF, Webinar: WIPO Support Services for TISCs
  • New WIPO eTISC Platform (June 2020) Video, Webinar: WIPO Support Services for TISCs  PDF, Webinar: WIPO Support Services for TISCs
  • WIPO Support Services for TISCs (May 2020) Video, Webinar: WIPO Support Services for TISCs 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, 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
  • 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

E-Tutorial on Patent Information

Follow an online certificate course to learn how to use the wealth of technology information in patent documents for research and development. Main topics covered by the course are patent basics, patent search and retrieval and patent analysis.

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.