07 February 2018
Reporter: Barney Dixon

PatSnap joins WIPO ASPI programme

Research and development analytics company PatSnap has joined the World Intellectual Property Organisation’s (WIPO) Access to Specialised Patent Information (ASPI) programme.

The ASPI programme is designed to support innovation in developing countries by offering free or low-cost access to sophisticated tools and services for retrieving and analysing patent data.

PatSnap’s addition to the programme will provide eligible patent offices, academic institutions, and research institutions with free or low-cost access to its R&D analytics platform.

Jeffrey Tiong, CEO of PatSnap, commented: “WIPO’s ASPI programme plays a crucial role in providing equal opportunities for innovation across the globe, enabling some of the world’s brightest minds to research and pursue their new ideas regardless of their background or socio-economic status.”

He said: “Open innovation is a fundamental part of the PatSnap philosophy. In 2017, we launched PatSnap Academy to open the floodgates of innovation, by providing those with no knowledge of IP with a free platform to learn how to protect and pursue their ideas.”

“The ASPI program ties in perfectly with our ethos, and we hope that through this partnership we can provide the necessary insight that can help to bring a largely untapped ocean of new ideas and inventions to the global marketplace.”

Yo Takagi, assistant director general of WIPO, added: “WIPO is pleased to welcome PatSnap as a partner in the ASPI programme in making available sophisticated patent search and analysis tools for free or at low cost to institutions in least developed and other developing countries.”

“PatSnap joins seven other leading patent database service providers in providing researchers, innovators, and entrepreneurs in developing countries with critical insights into emerging trends in a wide range of technologies and industries. This contributes to ASPI’s ultimate goal of encouraging innovation and economic development.”

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