Visit WIPO

WIPO organizes educational briefings for groups of students, professionals and others to learn about our work. Groups can select a program according to their specific interests. Visits take place at WIPO's Geneva headquarters and are free of charge.

The current on-site schedule of briefings will be complemented by a series of webinars. Details will be available shortly.

Upcoming dates

  • September 18 (English)
  • October 16 (English, French, Spanish)
  • November 8 (English)
  • December 6 (English)
Images of the WIPO campus
The WIPO campus is made up of four buildings and houses around 1400 staff members at any one time (Photos: WIPO/Berrod). More photos of WIPO headquarters on Flickr.

Practical information

Who can attend?

WIPO Briefings are designed for educational institutions, e.g. universities, schools, and other groups.

What will we do?

A structured program is available, from which groups can choose the modules they wish to follow.

09:00 - 09:50 – General overview of WIPO and its activities (50 minutes)

10:00 - 10:00 – IP and global challenges (e.g. climate change, public health)

10:30 - 11:00 – IP and economic development

11:00 - 11:30 – IP and business (innovation promotion)

11:30 - 12:00 – Alternative dispute resolution

14:00 - 14:45 – Copyright in the digital era

14:45 - 15:30 – International patent law (recent developments)

15:30 - 16:15 – International trademark and design law (recent developments)

16:15 - 17:00 – IP and traditional knowledge, traditional cultural expressions and access to genetic resources

Where do we go on the day?

Go directly to the WIPO Access Center at our headquarters in Geneva to obtain a visitor’s badge. You 'll need to bring your e-mail confirmation from WIPO and some form of identification.

How can we take part?

Student-led groups

First, e-mail us indicating which of the above dates you have chosen.

Please also include a letter from a faculty member supporting your request, as well as a full list of participants.

Contact us

Teacher-led and other groups

First, e-mail us indicating which of the above dates you have chosen.

Please also include a full list of participants.

Contact us

Facilities at WIPO

WIPO Library
(Photo: WIPO/Berrod)

Library

Visitors are welcome to use WIPO's library facilities.

The library at WIPO's headquarters in Geneva offers a unique collection of more than 35,000 IP reference materials, ranging from historical legal texts to the most recent IP journals.

WIPO Cafeteria
(Photo: WIPO/Berrod)

Cafeteria

The WIPO Cafeteria serves lunch every day from 11:45 until 14:00. Daily menus include a wide range of national cuisines and cater to various diets. No lunch reservation is required.

The Cafeteria also offers hot and cold drinks and snacks throughout the day.