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WIPO through its Technology and Innovation Support Centre (TISC) program intents to feed 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.


TISCs contribute to diminishing the global knowledge gap and promoting economic and social development by providing access to technology information and related services. They foster innovation by building on the rich set of technology information disclosed in patent documents, of which over 90 million have been published to date, and in scientific and technical publications. TISCs may be established within a variety of host institutions, including patent offices, universities, and research centers.

TISCs provide a diverse range of services, helping inventors, researchers, and entrepreneurs unlock their innovative potential.

  • Training on access to and use of patent information
  • Access to patent and non-patent databases
  • Support to inventors in patent filing and IP commercialisation
  • Create networks and contribute to exchange of experience
  • Provide quality services on patent search and analysis
  • Increase awareness on IP and contribute to economic growth in the country

A TISC  may also provide certain additional services including:

  • Technology search services
  • Patent analytical services
  • Monitoring technology and competitors
  • Awareness-raising and training services
  • Basic information on technology marketing and commercialization

TISC Network in India

The Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) and World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) have signed an agreement to establish Technology and Innovation Support Centres (TISC). The Cell for IPR Promotion and Management (CIPAM) is designated as the National Focal point for the TISC national network. As the national focal point, CIPAM will identify potential host institutions, assess their capacities and support them in joining the TISC project. CIPAM will also act as the main intermediary between WIPO and TISC host institutions and coordinate all the activities of the national TISC network. Till date, 6 TISCs have been established in India at PIC Chandigarh; Anna University, Chennai; NRDC-IPFC Visakhapatnam; PIC Kerala; GUJCOST, Gujarat and RAJCOST, Rajasthan

Recent Activities

In association with WIPO CIPAM conducted 6 workshops conducted. The workshops were a part of the TISC Program of World Intellectual Property Organisation. The objective of the workshop is to acquaint the participants about the usefulness of patent information and patent search strategies/tools and to provide them hands-on training for conducting patent and freedom to operate searches by using various online databases.

Key Stake-holders and their roles

A number of different stakeholders are involved in establishing the national network for TISC, each with specific roles and responsibilities.


  • Supports the participating government in preparing the project documentation.
  • Helps addressing to the training and resource needs
  • Enables sharing and best practices amoung TISCs

Government Authority

  • Identifies national priorities
  • Assesses user needs
  • Signs off on project documentation

National Focal Point

  • Identifies potetial host insituions, assesses their capacities and supports them in joining the TISC project.
  • Act as the main intermediary between WIPO & TISC host institutions.
  • Coordinates actvities of the national TISC network.
  • Monitors and evaluates the progress of the TISC project.

Host Institution

  • Provides administrative and technical staff required to deliver technology and innovation support services.
  • Provides facilities and infrastructure.

Host institutions and networks

TISCs have been launched in an increasing number of countries worldwide, building on close cooperation between WIPO and its Member States. 71 countries have signed Service Level Agreements (SLAs) to develop national TISC networks from 2009 to 2016. More than 600 TISCs have been established during this period.

Establishing a TISC

Institutions interested in hosting TISCs should contact the Cell for IPR Promotion And Management, DIPP, Ministry of Commerce & Industry, Room 236, Udyog Bhawan, New Delhi- 110011. Possible TISC host institutions include:

  • National and Regional Patent Offices
  • Universities and Academic Institutions
  • Science and Research Centres
  • Patent Information Centres
  • Intellectual Property Facilitation Centre
  • Chambers of Commerce

More About TISCs

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