World Intellectual Property Organization

Advanced Course on E-Commerce and Intellectual Property (DL-202)

This course provides practical, useful and easy to understand information on intellectual property (IP) law as it relates to commercial activities on the internet. It explores the challenges to IP law in the digital age and examines specific electronic commerce practices that raise complex trademark, patent and copyright policy questions.


The course consists of 7 substantive modules structured across four levels and a final exam.

Level I: A foundation for understanding the basic concepts inherent in e-commerce and IP

  • Module 1: Intellectual Property in Electronic Commerce – Introduction

Level II: IP aspects of e-commerce in the areas of trademarks, patents and copyright

  • Module 2: Internet Domain Names and Trademarks
  • Module 3: Electronic Business and Patents
  • Module 4: Digital Content and Copyright

Level III: Sub-topics that pertain to the areas identified above.

  • Module 5: Managing Intellectual Property Online
  • Module 6: International Implications and Enforcement

Level IV: Four topics pertaining to Development and Competition in IP

  • Module 7: IP and Competition
  • Module 8: IP and Development in an E-commerce Context - Lecture: Four Topics on Flexibilities and Competition in IP

Final Exam

Academic support is provided throughout each module by experienced tutors who are expert practitioners in the field of IP.

Final Exam and Certificate

There is a written final exam at the end of this course for which participants are required to compose written responses to a series of questions within a specified timeframe and submit their responses, via the eLearning platform, to their tutors for marking. Participants are individually contacted regarding modalities for accessing the final exam approximately one week prior to the deadline for completion of the DL-202 course.

Participants who pass the DL-202 final exam are awarded a certificate of completion for the course.


This course is designed for policy makers, business executives, legal practitioners, managers in copyright offices, staff in collective management societies, broadcasting organizations and publishing industries. Academics and university students with prior foundation knowledge of IP, for example, those who have successfully completed DL-101, may find this course to be of valuable and practical use.



Course basics

  • Duration - Approx. 120 hours of study time over a period of twelve weeks
  • Languages - Arabic, English, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
  • Tuition Fees


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