Overview of TISC Network
Technology and Innovation Support Center (TISC) is an initiative of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) launched within the framework of its Development Agenda. In particular, the project aims to address Recommendation 8 of the Development Agenda, which calls on WIPO to “[facilitate] the national offices of developing countries, especially LDCs, as well as their regional and sub-regional intellectual property organizations to access specialized databases…” The project approved by the member states comprises two core clusters of activities, namely access to specialized databases and capacity building. Since January 2014, the project has been fully mainstreamed within the regular activities of WIPO and forms part of the program on Services for Access to Information and Knowledge.
Since the TISC program was launched in 2009, 78 countries, of which 26 are least developed countries (LDCs), have signed Service Level Agreements (SLAs) with WIPO to develop national TISC networks. Over the last 10 years, 750 TISCs have been established worldwide.