Advanced Summer School on Copyright and Related Rights

Washington D.C. (July 22 to August 2, 2013)

This two-week Summer School on copyright and related rights, offered jointly by the WIPO Academy and the United States Patent and Trademark Office, provides an opportunity for senior students and young professionals to acquire deeper knowledge of copyright and related rights and to gain an appreciation of copyright as a tool for economic, social, cultural and technological development.

Course Basics


The program consists of lectures by eminent experts in the field of copyright and related rights from the USPTO, practitioners and the private sector. It also includes case studies, licensing negotiation simulation exercises and group discussions on selected topics on copyright and related rights.

A certificate of participation is awarded to those who successfully complete all requirements of the program.


The Summer School is open to 50 senior students (graduate and postgraduate students) and young professionals. As an advanced course, preference will be given to candidates already familiar with the subject.

Pre-selected candidates will be required to successfully complete a special session of the Academy's distance learning Course on Copyright and Related Rights. Dates for this session will be announced upon pre-selection.

Participants are responsible for their own travel to and from Washington D.C., as well as accommodation and living expenses during their participation in the program.

Insurance and Medical Examination

Non-resident participants will be provided with insurance coverage for the duration of their stay in connection with the summer school program.

Each participant will be required to present a medical certificate upon arrival.

Online Registration

Online registration for this Summer School is open from February 05 to April 30, 2013.  Applicants should submit their resumé together with a letter of motivation (setting out their reasons for applying and what they hope to gain from the Summer School) and proof of citizenship and status (student or young professional) to

Selected applicants will be notified one week after the registration deadline.

For further information, please contact the Summer School coordinator: