The WIPO patent landscape report projectis based on the Development Agenda pro- ject DA_19_30_31_01 (“Developing Tools forAccess to Patent Information”) described indocument CDIP/4/6, adopted by the Com-mittee on Development and IntellectualProperty (CDIP) at its fourth session heldfrom November 16 to November 20, 2009.The purpose of each report is three-fold:- It attempts to research and describe thepatterns of patenting and innovation activityrelated to specific technologies in variousdomains such as health, food and agricul-ture, climate change related technologies,and others.- WIPO attempts to collaborate for each re-port with institutional partners (IGOs,NGOs, public institutions) working in therespective field and having an interest in aspecific topic. The collaborative work in theplanning and evaluation phase may alsoserve as a vehicle for these institutions tofamiliarize themselves with the utilizationand exploitation of patent information andrelated issues of patent protection. WIPOwelcomes proposals for collaboration.- Each report also serves as an illustrativeexample for retrieving patent information inthe respective field and how search strate-gies may be tailored accordingly. It there-fore includes detailed explanations of theparticular search methodology, the data-bases used and well documented searchqueries that should ideally enable thereader to conduct a similar search.Each report of this project is contracted outto an external firm selected in a tenderingprocedure. The tender is open to a limitednumber of bidders that were preselectedbased on their submission of an Expressionof Interest (EOI). WIPO invites the submis-sion of further EOIs by qualified providers.More information on the project, the ongo-ing work, and a compilation of reports pub-lished also by other institutions is availableat: www.wipo.int/patentscope/en/programs/ patent_landscapes/pl_about.htmlFor specific information, requests or pro-posals, please contact us(email@example.com).