Innovation and Technology Support Offices (ITSO)

(see also IAP at IPOPHL)

Background

The Inventor Assistance Program (IAP) is the first global program of its kind. It matches developing country inventors and small businesses with limited financial means with patent attorneys, who provide pro bono legal assistance to secure patent protection (free legal advice on how to file a patent to protect their inventions).

The Inventors Assistance Program aims to help solve the problem experienced by patent filers on exorbitant cost on professional fees relative to filing international patents by putting eligible inventors and small businesses in touch with an expert in their country who is willing to help them free of charge.

The program is a joint initiative of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Economic Forum (WEF), with support and input from some of the world's leading businesses and law firms. WIPO and WEF have developed IAP aimed at making the IP system more accessible by matching financially under-resourced inventors of promising new technologies and ideas with qualified IP counsel, to assist in securing patent protection for their innovations. IAP is designed to assist both individuals and small entities who lack the financial resources to navigate the patent system on their own.

The IAP is composed of countries, sponsors, and pro bono patent attorneys. These three groups all constitute IAP members. All members must accept in writing the guiding principles of the program.

The IAP is currently active on a pilot basis in three countries and was launched in the Philippines on March 1, 2016:

  • Colombia
  • Morocco
  • Philippines

HOW TO APPLY:

For Inventors

Go to an Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO) and request further information or submit an application. Fill out the application form.

To qualify for support, you must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. Basic knowledge of the patent system: You must be able to demonstrate a basic knowledge of the patent system. You can do this in one of two ways:
  2. Income level: Your income must be below the threshold determined by the country in question. Refer to the IAP Philippine Criteria.
  3. Eligible invention: You must have an invention that qualifies for IAP. Decisions on the eligibility of inventions are taken by the IAP screening board of the country in question. Refer to the IAP Philippine Criteria.
  4. Residence: You must be a resident in the country in which you make the request and that country must be a participant in the IAP.

For Pro Bono Attorneys:

The first step is to check whether your country of residence is currently participating in the IAP.

If it is, then simply complete the online application form and WIPO will get back to you.

Please note that only attorneys who are licensed to practice by the industrial property office of the country concerned and who accept in writing the guiding principles of the IAP are eligible to apply.

ACCREDITED PRO-BONO PATENT ATTORNEYS/AGENTS AS OF OCTOBER 2016:

  1. Atty. Bayani Loste
  2. Mr. Caezar Arceo
  3. Atty. Misael Costes
  4. Mr. Noel Catibog 
  5. Atty. Anne Marie Celeste Jumadla

For further inquiries, call (02) 238-6300 local 5301 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

More Information:

Download the IAP flyer
IAP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Online Course for Inventors

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The Innovation and Technology Support Office (ITSO) of the University ofSoutheastern Philippines conducted a two-day training-workshop on Patent Information Search to the faculty of the Philippine Science High School Southern Mindanao Campus last July 19-20, 2016.

The patent search training was conducted as a follow-up from the first seminar on the fundamentals of Intellectual Property and the Basics of Patents. The lecture part was held at the PSHS-SMC Mini-Auditorium and then the participants were asked to transfer to the school‟s Computer Laboratory for the workshop proper.

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Represented by Ms. Delia C. Legaspino, PSHS-SMC Director and Dr. Lourdes C. Generalao, UseP President, the two agencies formalized partnership on the ITSO, Research, Extension and Consultancy Programs and Services through a MOA signing held last February 23, 2016 in Davao City.

The memorandum of agreement stipulates that the PSHS-SMC will affiliate with the USeP-ITSO in achieving the following objectives of the partnership which include preparing the PSHS-SMC to be ready for membership to the Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL), helping it to produce innovative and inventive outputs which are relevant, useful and has impact to the environment and society, and aiding the science high school to patent some outputs of students through the assistance of the UseP-ITSO.

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Delegates from the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) visited the Philippines on July 25-29, 2016. The successful implementation of the project on the establishment of a network of Innovation & Technology Support Offices (ITSO) in the Philippines, is considered as a model for other members of the World Intellectual Property Organization's (WIPO) Technology and Innovation Support  Centers (TISC). The study visit's objective is to learn from the experiences of the ITSOs in the Philippines for establishing a similar office in their respective countries. 

ITSO Contributor:
Perrose Comendador-Diaz
Development Management Officer III
UPLB Center for Technology Transfer and Entrepreneurship