Master's Degree in Intellectual Property - Yaoundé

The fifth edition of the Master’s Program in Intellectual Property will be organized at the University of Yaoundé II, Cameroon on October 1, 2014, by the World Intellectual Property (WIPO), the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) and the University of Yaoundé II, with the assistance of the Government of Japan.

The program is structured in three parts, stretching over nine months, from October 2014 to June 2015:

Period Description
Part one (from October 1, 2014 to December 31, 2014): Distance Learning Course;
Part two (from January 5 to June 30, 2015): Lectures and face-to-face classes will take place at the University of Yaoundé II and at the OAPI Denis Ekani Intellectual Property Academy in Cameroon, including three weeks practical work experience at OAPI headquarters in Yaoundé;
Part three (June 1 to June 30, 2015): Exam and defense of dissertation in Yaoundé,

Course Basics

    • Venue - Yaoundé, Cameroon
    • Language - French
    • Duration - October 2014 to June 2015
    • Application form PDF, Application form
    • Online registration


The courses, which aim to provide comprehensive knowledge of IP law, are given by eminent professors and IP practitioners. Subjects covered include:

    • General features of IP
      • General introduction to IP
      • Other African IP systems (ARIPO, Moroccan Patent Office, etc.)
    • Technical and ornamental creations
      • Patents
      • Utility models
      • Industrial designs
      • Special titles (plant varieties, topographies of integrated circuits)
      • Documentary research
    • Distinctive signs
      • Marks for goods and services
      • Trade names
      • Appellations of origin
      • Geographical indications
  • Literary and artistic property
    • Copyright
    • Related rights
    • Collective management of copyright and related rights
    • Electronic commerce and copyright
    • Information and communication technology law
    • New information and communication technologies
  • Defense of IP rights
    • Competition and IP
    • IP disputes
  • Working of IP
    • IP and technology transfer
    • IP audit and taxation
    • Economics of IP
    • IP asset management
    • Contracts
  • Current IP problems
  • Dissertation
  • Research methodology


Upon satisfactory completion of the program, participants will be awarded a Master's Degree in Intellectual Property by the University of Yaoundé II on behalf of WIPO and OAPI.


The program is open to teachers, IP practitioners or employees of research and development institutions wishing to acquire a certain level of expertise in IP law at the national and international level. After obtaining the diploma, the alumni must return to their respective institutions as trainers or experts in IP law. Applicants must hold at least a Master’s Degree in law, economics, science or an engineering diploma issued by a recognized university. They must be able to follow classes in French.

Successful applicants will be registered according to their profile in one of the three following specialized areas:

  • IP and new technology law (lawyers)
  • Applied IP (scientists and engineers)
  • Innovation and IP management (economists, accountants, financiers)


Applications should consist of the following :

  • a duly completed application form ;
  • a detailed curriculum vitae ; certified copies of diplomas ;
  • (if need be) certified copies of university grade sheets;
  • two letters of recommendation from applicants’
  • lecturers or supervisors ;
  • a French language skills certificate for citizens of non-French-speaking countries; a letter of intent ;
  • course fees - aproximately 2,000 euros.

Applications must reach OAPI at the following address by August 30, 2014 at the very latest :

Académie de Propriété Intellectuelle Denis Ekani (APIDE),
BP 887, Yaoundé (Cameroon)
Tel: (237) 22 20 57 00 / 22 20 57 67
Fax: (237) 22 20 57 27 / 22 20 57 21
E-mail: /

Successful candidates will be officially notified by e-mail of their selection by November 15, 2014. Attendance of classes and punctuality are compulsory. Correspondence will not be sent to unsuccessful candidates.


WIPO and OAPI will be offering 20 scholarships to the best applicants from the French-speaking African countries with a view to contributing to the development of human resources in intellectual property in developing countries. Another 20 seats will be available for non-grant holders.

The scholarships cover course fees, air transport and living expenses in Yaoundé.

Teachers, IP practitioners, those who aspire to teach IP in universities or in any other higher education institution, employees of research and development institutions and government officials may obtain a scholarship.