World Intellectual Property Organization

Primer on Intellectual Property (DL-001)

This course covers the fundamental aspects of intellectual property (IP): copyright and related rights, trademarks, patents, geographical indications, and industrial designs. It also covers contemporary issues impacting the IP field such as: new plant varieties, unfair competition, enforcement of IP rights and emerging issues in IP.

The content and methodology of all “General Primer” courses are structured to complement self-directed learning. As such, participants are able to review course material at their own pace.


The DL-001 course is comprised of twelve modules designed to facilitate the sequential expansion and assimilation of general IP concepts:

  • Module 1: Introduction
  • Module 2: Overview of IP
  • Module 3: Copyright
  • Module 4: Related Rights
  • Module 5: Trademarks
  • Module 6: Geographical Indications
  • Module 7: Industrial Designs
  • Module 8: Patents
  • Module 9: New Plant Varieties
  • Module 10: Unfair Competition
  • Module 11: Enforcement of IP Rights
  • Module 12: Emerging Issues in IP - IP and Development

Final Exam and Certificate

There is no final exam or certificate at the end of this course.

Self-assessment tools are strategically placed throughout each module to assist participants with gauging their respective levels of knowledge and progress, as well as their ability to apply the concepts and facts presented within the course.


This course is open to all individuals seeking to obtain a general overview of the fundamentals of IP.

Course basics

  • Duration - approx. 3 hours
  • Languages - Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
  • Tuition - free-of-charge


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