World Intellectual Property Organization

Basics of Patent Drafting (DL-320)

This advanced course aims to further complement participant’s previous knowledge regarding patent drafting and is intended to be used as a preparatory course for further, intensive, practical training in the field. It is neither a qualification course for patent drafting, nor a replacement of existing training manuals for patent attorneys or patent agents in countries in which robust systems for professional education in the area of patent practices exist.

The course material has been designed on the basis of common denominators of several national patent laws in which most applicants seek patent protection.


The course consists of four substantive modules and a written final exam:

  • Module 1: Why You Might Want a Patent?
  • Module 2: Overview of Patents
  • Module 3: Drafting a Patent Application
  • Module 4: Notes and Practical Exercises on Drafting Patent Specification

Discussion Modules on Specific Fields:

Basic Chemistry Patents
Basic Pharmaceuticals Patents
Basic Biotechnology Patents
Basic Computing and Communications Patents
General Mechanical 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-320 course.

Participants who pass the DL-320 final exam are awarded a certificate of completion for the course. 


This advanced course is predominantly designed for inventors, scientists, engineers and others engaged in technical endeavors.  Registrants are expected to have a solid working knowledge of the fundamentals of IP. 

Prospective participants who do not possess basic knowledge in IP are strongly advised to complete the General Course on IP (DL-101), prior to enrolling for this course.


Course basics

  • Duration - Approx. 120 hours of study time over a period of twelve weeks
  • Language - English
  • Tuition Fees

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