The Inventor Assistance Program

About the Opportunity

The Inventor Assistance Program (IAP) is an innovative program administered by World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), aimed at making the patent system more accessible to financially under-resourced inventors. The IAP is open to individual inventors and/or Small and Medium Enterprises (SME), who have novel inventions that have market applications, who are not able to bear the costs of consulting a patent attorney to obtain patent protection for their invention. The inventor and/or SMEs must apply to participate in the Program and must meet the eligibility criteria set out below.

The patent attorneys who participate in the IAP volunteer their time and expertise on a pro bono basis, and are registered with WIPO as pro bono attorneys for the Program. The IAP patent attorneys provide patent consultancy-related services to individuals/SMEs to protect their inventions.

Eligibility Criteria

1. The applicant can demonstrate a basic knowledge of the patent system by completing the module below:

2. The applicant is an individual or SME that is either:

  • A person earning less than R 30 000 per month after tax, or

  • An enterprise with an annual turnover of less than R5 million.

3. The invention concerned:

  • On face value meets, the criteria for patentability and

  • Has prospects for commercial success.

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Contact Details:

Head Office Location

the dti Campus

Block F

77 Meintjies Street



Call Centre: 086 100 2472

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