Symposium of IP Academies - Munich, Germany

June 9 and 10, 2009

The third Symposium for Heads of Intellectual Property Academies within the framework of the Global Network on Intellectual Property Academies (GNIPA), was held in Munich, Germany, on June 9 to 10, 2009.

Representatives from the following GNIPA members participated in the Symposium:

  • National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) of Brazil,
  • China Intellectual Property Training Center (CIPTC), State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO),
  • Industrial Property Office of Cuba (OCPI),
  • National Center for Industrial Property Information and Training (INPIT) of Japan,
  • National Institute of Industrial Property of Portugal (INPI),
  • International Intellectual Property Training Institute (IIPTI), Korea Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) of the Republic of Korea,
  • Russian State Institue of Intellectual Property (RGIIS), Federal Service of Intellectual Property, Patents and Trademarks (ROSPATENT),
  • Center for Intellectual Property Education, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (CIPE),
  • State Institute of Intellectual Property, Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine,
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO),
  • African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO),
  • African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI),
  • European Patent Academy, European Patent Office (EPO), and
  • WIPO Academy, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

Representatives from the following institutions participated in the Symposium as abservers:

  • Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI),
  • Hungarian Patent Office,
  • Nigerian Copyright Institute, Nigerian Copyright Commission,
  • Intellectual Property Academy Singapore, and
  • Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, Switzerland.

Apologies were received from:

  • Intellectual Property Research Institute of Australia (IPRIA)
  • State Intellectual Property Office of Croatia (SIPO),
  • Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI), and
  • Intellectual Property Research and Training Institute of the Philippines (IPRTI).

At the third Symposium, representatives from national and regional institutions discussed recent growth and development of IP Academies in the world, the cooperation, coordination and support between intellectual property offices and IP Academies, challenges faced by newly-established IP Academies and their responses, strategies and methodologies for designing IP education and training programs for diverse target groups, strategies for mobilizing human and financial resources from the public and private sectors and academic institutions. 

The Symposium was preceded by a workshop on eLearning concepts and methodologies. The challenges and opportunities faced by IP institutions when embarking in eLearning education were reviewed and discussed.

Actionable Elements

Under the framework set out in the Rio Declaration adopted at the first International Symposium on Intellectual Property Academies held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on March 21 and 22, 2007, the framework set out in the Beijing Action Plan adopted at the Second Symposium for Heads of IP Academies held in Beijing on May 8 and 9, 2008, the Third Symposium held in Munich on June 9 and 10, 2009 examined implementation of the Beijing Action Plan and adopted the following action plan entitled “Munich Action Plan” for the next period until its next meeting in the year 2010. 


Secretariat of GNIPA

The secretariat is composed of WIPO and two other members of GNIPA (comprising of the current host and the next host). The term of the secretariat is one year. The WIPO Academy shall be responsible for the day to day administration of the work of the secretariat of GNIPA that will be agreed upon by all members. 

For the period 2009-2010, the secretariat will be composed of WIPO, European Patent Office/European Patent Academy (EPA) and, the host of the 2010 meeting.


Promotion of GNIPA

Any applicant to the GNIPA for membership should be made through the secretariat. Current members of GNIPA are invited to promote GNIPA and to invite other potential IP training institutes to apply for membership.


GNIPA website

Linked to and administered by the WIPO Academy, the site may contain inter alia:

i. an international survey agreed upon by the GNIPA of key figures and facts with regard to IP education, training and research;

ii. educational materials and documents which result from mutual cooperation;

iii. a status of all IP Academies member of GNIPA covering all substantive issues such as institutional setup, mandate, aim, objective, scope of activities, quantitative and qualitative data, perspectives.

Members are invited to provide information to these surveys in order to ensure the completeness of the content of the surveys.


International Journal on Intellectual Property

The WIPO Academy, in cooperation with partners of the Network, will further promote the creation of a peer reviewed publication of scholarly articles and serve as a source of contemporary IP issues. Members are encouraged to make the journal known to the potential readers.


Recommended future Projects

5.1 Project:  eLearning

GNIPA members agree to exchange information on:
- technical platforms (LMS), hardware requirements and software used,
- virtual classroom technologies and experiences,
- didactical and pedagogical issues,
- eLearning material (inventory of modules),
- basic rules and modalities for the exchange of eLearning material (incl. copyright issues),
- online evaluation techniques, self-assessment tests, etc.

Project coordinator:  European Patent Academy

5.2 Project:  Financing and long-term sustainability of IP Academies

- review of financing models,
- fee policy options,
- return on investment (cost recovery options).

Project coordinator: IP Academy Singapore

5.3 Project: Evaluation of Training

- review of the training evaluation concepts and methodologies,
- evaluation of the quality of training material,
- evaluation of the training impact.

Project coordinator: USPTO

5.4 Project: Exchange of expertise and information

- exchange of tutors, speakers, lecturers,
- exchange of training curricula,
- compilation of a shared list of essential IP books and publications considered particularly relevant for the operation of IP Academies.
- compilation of a list of IP books and publications of members to be donated by the Members of the GNIPA should be communicated to the WIPO Academy. The lists will be posted on the GNIPA websites.

Project coordinator: WIPO Academy

5.5 Project: Internships in IP Academies

Explore modalities for Internships in IP Academies for LL.M. students from the Members of the GNIPA.

Project coordinator: European Patent Academy

6) Delegations expressed their appreciation to the EPO and to WIPO for the excellent organisation of the Symposium and hospitality extended to the participants.

The Secretariat of GNIPA undertook to communicate the outcome of this Symposium to the press and to invite other national and regional IP Academies and similar institutions to join the network.

Next Meeting

The participants expressed interest in participating in the preparation of the draft programme of the fourth symposium. The secretariat invited all members to submit proposals for topics and papers before the end of 2009.

Representatives took note with appreciation the proposal of the International Intellectual Property Training Institute (IIPTI) of the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) to host the fourth Symposium for Heads of Intellectual Property Academies in 2010.