This Masters Program is offered jointly with the WIPO Academy, the Denis Ekani Intellectual Property Academy of the African Intellectual Property Organization and the Faculty of Legal and Political Sciences, University of Yaoundé II (UY II), with financial assistance from the Government of Japan. The program is structured in three parts stretching over nine months, from October to June:
|Part one (from October 1, 2013 to January 10, 2014):||WIPO Academy distance learning courses via the Internet;|
|Part two (from February 3 to June 26, 2014):||Residential part of the program consisting of face-to-face classes at the University of Yaoundé II and at the OAPI Denis Ekani Intellectual Property Academy, including three weeks practical work experience at OAPI headquarters in Yaoundé, Cameroon;|
|Part three (June 11 to 27, 2014):||Examination and defense of dissertation in Yaoundé.|
The courses, which aim to provide comprehensive knowledge of IP law, are given by eminent professors and IP practitioners and experts. Subjects covered include:
- General features of IP
- General introduction to IP
- Other African IP systems (ARIPO, Moroccan Patent Office, etc.)
- Technical and ornamental creations
- Utility models
- Industrial designs
- Special titles (plant varieties, topographies of integrated circuits)
- Distinctive signs
- Marks for goods and services
- Trade names
- Appellations of origin
- Geographical indications
- Literary and artistic property
- Related rights
- Electronic commerce and copyright
- Defense of IP rights
- Competition and IP
- IP disputes
- Working of IP
- IP and technology transfer
- IP audit
- Economics of IP
- Current IP problems
Upon satisfactory completion of the program, participants will be awarded a diploma of Masters II in IP law 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. Applicants must hold at least a Master’s Degree in law, economics, sciences or an engineering diploma issued by a recognized university. They must be able to take classes in French.
After obtaining the diploma, the alumni must return to their respective institutions as trainers or experts in IP law.
Registration of this Masters Program is open until August 30, 2013. To apply, send a duly completed application form and detailed curriculum vitae, together with copies of certified university certificates and other supporting documents to:
Successful candidates will be officially notified by e-mail of their selection by September 15, 2013. Correspondence will not be sent to unsuccessful candidates.
In order to contribute to the development of human resources relating to IP in developing countries and least developed countries, 20 scholarships are provided by WIPO for the best applicants from the French-speaking African region. Each scholarship covers enrolment costs, air transport and living expenses in Yaoundé. Twenty (20) places are also available for non-grant holders who indicate, in the enrolment file, their ability to cover their own expenses. Teachers, IP practitioners, those who aspire to teach IP in universities or in any other higher education institution, and employees of research and development institutions may obtain a scholarship. Exceptions may be made for applicants of sufficient merit from national administrations.
- Venue - Yaoundé, Cameroon
- Language - French
- Duration - October to June
- Cost - approx. 2,000 Euros