World Intellectual Property Organization

WIPO-WTO Colloquium for Teachers of Intellectual Property - Geneva

WIPO and the World Trade Organization organize jointly a two-week colloquium for teachers of intellectual property (IP) from developing countries and countries with economies in transition. 

Course Basics

Curriculum

  • Overview of International Law and Policy in IP
  • IP and Economic Development
  • Copyright, the Current International Landscape: Legal, Policy and Development Dimensions
  • Copyright Flexibility
  • Trademarks and Industrial Designs, the Current International Landscape: Legal, Policy and Development Dimensions
  • Geographical Indications, the Current International Landscape, Legal, Policy and Development Dimensions
  • Patents, the Current International Landscape, Legal, Policy and Development Dimensions
  • IP and Public Health: The Current International Landscape
  • Options and Strategies under the Trade Related Aspects of IP Rights Agreement (TRIPS) for Access to Medicines: The Current State of Play of Implementation
  • WTO Dispute Settlement and the TRIPS Agreement
  • Protection of Plant Varieties in International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants
  • IP and Competition Policy
  • IP and Genetic Resources, Traditional Knowledge and Folklore: The Current International Landscape and Future Directions
  • Relationship between the TRIPS Agreement and the Convention on Biological Diversity, The Protection of Traditional Knowledge and Folklore: Recent Developments in the WTO
  • IP, Electronic Commerce, Internet Domain Name Disputes and the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre
  • IP and Transfer of Technology and Licensing
  • Enforcement of IP: Legal, Policy and Development Dimensions
  • IP and Climate Change
  • Primary Sources, Information Resources and Research Themes in the Field of IP
  • IP Teaching Methodologies
  • Visit to WIPO and WTO Libraries and Meeting with WIPO and WTO Officials

The colloquium takes place at WIPO and WTO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland in June/July of each year.

Eligibility

The colloquium is a multidisciplinary activity, open to lawyers, economists, university teachers and researchers working in the field. 

Applicants must have an advanced degree and teaching experience in IP law or international law/economics/management with a specialization in IP. 

An ongoing role in policy analysis or advice with respect to WIPO or WTO discussions or negotiations, as well as an established track record in research and publication in the field of IP is also desirable.  An excellent knowledge of English is required. 

Application

Twenty-two places are available for applicants from developing countries and countries with economies in transition.  The organizers cover their travel, accommodation and subsistence costs.  An additional five places are available for applicants from developed countries who participate at their own expense.

Applicants should identify a specific topical IP policy or legal issue that is currently under active debate or review in the applicant's country or region, on which they would be ready to make a short presentation and prepare a paper for subsequent publication.  A one-page summary of this presentation must accompany the Application Form which should be submitted by March.

The final selection is made by the organizers, taking into consideration the need for regional and gender balance.  Participants in previous colloquia may not apply within five years of their earlier participation, and where two applicants are equally ranked, preference is given to applicants who have not previously taken part.  Selected applicants will be directly notified by the organizers.

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