World Intellectual Property Organization

Patents (DL-301)

This course provides participants with an in-depth perspective on the principles and economic impact of patents and the patenting process as a whole. It incorporates examination of the traditional use of patents by centers of knowledge such as universities and other specialized institutions of higher learning. It also provides participants with a comprehensive review of the importance of Patent Pools in facilitating the effective transfer and development of technology.


The course comprises 8 substantive modules and a final exam:

  • Module 1: The Macro-Economic Impact of the Patent System
  • Module 2: The Patent Application Process
  • Module 3: The Different Layers of the International Patent System and Regional Patent Protection Mechanisms
  • Module 4: Kinds of Intellectual Property Protection Based on Types of Inventions
  • Module 5: Legal Issues of the Patenting Process
  • Module 6: Enforcement
  • Module 7: New Issues, Important Cases and Discussions
  • Module 8: IP and Development - Lecture on Flexibilities and Public Domain under Patents
  • Final Exam

Academic support is provided throughout each module by experienced tutors who are expert practitioners in the field of intellectual property (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-301 course.

Participants who pass the DL-301 final exam are awarded a certificate of completion for the course.


This course is designed for persons already possessing sound knowledge of the fundamentals of IP.  It is open to legal practitioners, employees of IP offices, individuals involved in research and development and university students.  Given the advanced nature of the course, prospective participants wishing to undertake this course who do not possess solid knowledge of the fundamentals of IP are advised to complete the General Course on Intellectual Property (DL-101), prior to attempting DL-301.

Course basics

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

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