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.
A TISC may also provide certain additional services including:
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, 2 TISCs have been established in India:
TISC Workshops conducted at TISC-PIC, PSCST, Chandigarh and at The Center for IPR, Anna University, Chennai. 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 searches by using various International & National IP 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.
National Focal Point
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: