WIPO-IPOS launch mentorship programme for business

WIPO-IPOS launch mentorship programme

The World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) and the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) launch the Mentorship for Intangible Asset Transformation (MINT) programme to connect enterprises and IP experts.

The MINT programme is focused on actively helping companies in Singapore use their IP to support their entrepreneurial activities more strategically and effectively, with backing from Singapore’s Agency for Science Technology and Research, Enterprise Singapore and the Singapore Business Federation.

“Providing access to mentors in IP is yet another initiative by the IPOS and the WIPO to make IP more accessible and relevant to enterprises,” said the IPOS chief executive, Rena Lee.

“We hope that enterprises will take advantage of this complimentary programme to tap on the experience and expertise of our partners, who can help enterprises understand the importance of their intangible assets and make the most of them.”

Marco Alemán, the WIPO’s assistant director general of the IP and innovation ecosystems sector in Geneva, added that with the rise of the intangible economy, strategic IP management is critical for the success of businesses and particularly intangible-intensive firms.

“Together with leading IP and business management experts, the WIPO and the IPOS will work closely with participating Singaporean companies to scale and grow their businesses via strategic use of the IP system,” said Alemán.

Under the pilot programme, which will commence in early April, companies will receive complimentary one-on-one mentorship with WIPO-curated local and international experts. They will also receive training, access to practical tools and resources, peer learning, networking opportunities, and exclusive access to international events.

Enterprises can submit their application to be considered for this programme at WIPO’s website by 13 March.