E wo/pbc/23/3 original: english date: june 4, 2015 Program and Budget Committee Twenty-Third Session Geneva, July 13 to 17, 2015


PROGRAM 14 SERVICES FOR ACCESS TO INFORMATION AND KNOWLEDGE



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PROGRAM 14 SERVICES FOR ACCESS TO INFORMATION AND KNOWLEDGE


PLANNING CONTEXT




  1. Access to technological information contained in patent information as well as science and technical journals has been recognized as being critically important to narrow the global knowledge gap. Having made good progress in providing access to such information, an emerging need now consists of building the capacity in developing and least developed countries to utilize and analyze the information.




  1. The work of the Program is related to the DA recommendations aimed at enhanced access to and utilization of technology information and strengthening of IP institutions, namely Recommendations 1, 8, 10, 11, 19, 30 and 31. In addition, the Program will coordinate closely with Member States, IGOs and NGOs for the development of compatible platforms, tools and infrastructure.

IMPLEMENTATION STRATEGIES




  1. The Program continues to facilitate access by least developed countries to commercially available patent and non-patent search tools and databases and to assist Member States in establishing institutional access points to high quality technology information services. The Program will focus its efforts on sustaining Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs) and enhancing their capacity for information analysis to support local home-grown innovation.


Providing access to commercial patent and scientific and technical information databases


  1. Free-of-charge or low-cost access to commercial patent and scientific and technical information databases will continue to be provided through the Access to Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI) and the Access to Specialized Patent Information (ASPI) programs. Both programs enable IP Offices and academic and research institutions in over 100 eligible Member States to obtain free or low-cost access to over 20,000 peer-reviewed journals, books, reference works and sophisticated patent search and analysis tools, respectively. ARDI will continue to be further integrated within the activities of the Research4Life (R4L) partnership, which includes WHO, FAO and UNEP, in particular as regards the technical back-office administration of the programs, communications, marketing and training.


Developing effective and sustainable TISCs networks


  1. While the previous two biennia aimed at the establishment of TISCs, efforts in 2016/17 will increasingly focus on supporting and reinforcing their long-term sustainability and effectiveness of their services. Support will in particular include: making available a greater variety of onsite and online training of trainers programs for TISC staff; developing further the interactive e-tutorial on using and exploiting patent information; encouraging networking and knowledge sharing through the eTISC platform and development of regional TISC networks and platforms; conducting sustainability assessments on a continuous basis; and sharing “success stories” on concrete results achieved by TISCs through the services they offer.


Enhancement of value-added services


  1. TISCs services will be further enhanced, taking into account demands from users for a broader range of value-added services such as patent information analysis. Support will allow TISCs to provide users with value-added services such as: state-of-the-art search provided to date by the WIPO Patent Information Services; and patent landscape reports (PLRs) through the use of WIPO’s guidelines for patent information analytics (“Guidelines for Preparing Patent Landscape Reports” and the “Manual on Open Source Patent Analytics Tools”). To address demands for advice on IP asset management and commercialization, TISCs services will also launch two projects: WIPO’s portal of available national patent legal status databases; and the “TISC Clinic” which will allow eligible local inventors to submit an invention for a state-of-the-art search carried out by a TISC and receive advice from a pro bono attorney on how best to gain value from the invention, including possible patent filing and subsequent business related aspects.




  1. In coordination with Program 13 (Global Databases) and 15 (Business Solutions for IP offices), the Program will continue to assist developing countries in creating digital and machine-readable full text and legal status information of patents through partnerships programs such as LATIPAT (a regional database for Latin American countries) and ARABPAT (a regional database for certain Arab countries).




  1. Program 14 collaborates primarily with other Programs as illustrated below:

MAJOR RISKS AND MITIGATION STRATEGIES




Risk

Mitigation

Inability of the host country to sustain and continue self-supporting operation of TISC network. This could lead to closure of certain TISC centers.

Greater involvement with host countries in the planning and implementation of the TISC project

RESULTS FRAMEWORK




Expected Results

Performance Indicators

Baselines

Targets

IV.2 Enhanced access to, and use of, IP information by IP institutions and the public to promote innovation and creativity


No. of sustainable national TISCs networks

(numbers cumulative)

20 sustainable national TISC networks out of 45 established (cumulative): Africa (9 of which 6 LDCs); Arab region (2); Asia and Pacific (3 of which 1 LDC); Latin America and the Caribbean (5); Certain Countries in Europe and Asia (1)


30 national TISC networks (cumulative): Africa region (11 of which 8 LDCs); Arab region (4); Asia and the Pacific region (5 of which 2 LDCs); Latin America and the Caribbean region (7); Certain Countries in Europe and Asia (3)



Average no. of users serviced by TISCs per annum

548 (min) to 1625 (max)

1100

No. of Member States in the respective regions collaborating with Global Databases.

15 PATENTSCOPE, 1 GBD, 0 GDD LATIPAT
3 PATENTSCOPE, 1 GBD, 0 GDD ARABPAT (Feb 2015)

+2 PATENTSCOPE, +4 GBD, +2 GDD overall

No. of active registered users of ARDI and ASPI

ARDI 411 active users

ASPI (35 active users)

(end 2014)


ARDI - 600
ASPI - 60

No. of TISC Clinic requests submitted to TISCs

n/a (new)

10

No. of TISCs offering patent analytical services

n/a (new)

5

RESOURCES FOR PROGRAM 14




  1. The overall resources for Program 14 in 2016/17 remain at approximately the same level as compared to the 2014/15 Budget after Transfers. This is the net result of a decrease in personnel resources due to the redeployment of a post from the Program and an overall increase of 450,000 Swiss francs for the implementation of the DA project “Use of Information in the Public Domain for Research and Development in Developing Countries”.


Program 14: Resources by Result

(In thousands of Swiss francs)


Program 14: Resources by Object of Expenditure

(In thousands of Swiss francs)






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