Frequently Asked Questions: WIPO Academy

General questions

Go to the WIPO eLearning Center – Online Registration System

  • The first stage in registering for WIPO Academy Courses is to create a "WIPO user Account" – if you do not have one, please follow the related link provided on the login page.
  • Validate your account by opening the link sent to the email address you provided when you created your account in step 1.
  • Once your WIPO User Center Account is enabled and validated, you can login into the WIPO eLearning Center – Online Registration System 
  • “Edit your personal details” and “Edit your professional details” by clicking on the relevant menu item on the left hand side (complete all required fields)
  • Click on "Enroll now" on the left hand menu to select the program, the language and the course for which you would like to register.

N.B. If you are requested to provide some documents for your enrollment, click on the “e-Portfolio” menu item and upload required documents.

The WIPO Academy is not a university per se and does not grant by itself university degrees. Nevertheless, it has concluded joint cooperation agreements with a number of higher education institutions providing for the delivery of joint Masters Degrees and Diploma in IP Law. The WIPO Academy grants Certificates on intellectual-property-related topics following face-to-face or distance-learning courses and successfully-passed exam sessions.

The WIPO Academy is located in the WIPO headquarters in Geneva. It is providing regular trainings to students in WIPO premises and cooperates with partner institutions to offer training all over the world. The WIPO Academy does not have a geographically-limited campus similar to what is generally found in universities, but it has a universal and all the time evolving campus allowing it to be close to beneficiaries and to respond easily to the various training demands.

The WIPO Academy was created to provide intellectual property education for students and professionals and to provide training for trainers in IP. Courses offered are carefully designed and evaluated and regularly updated and improved. Renowned university professors and experienced practitioners are cooperating closely with the WIPO Academy in order to ensure that education provided is of a high quality and that Certificates are granted following serious evaluation and examination methods and processes. WIPO Academy Certificates, except joint Masters Degrees, are not meant to be substitutes to regular university degrees. Institutions of higher education are, nevertheless, free to consider or not the WIPO Academy Certificates as university credits. Certificates do have a confirmed value as complements to university education and a solid asset in the professional world for new job applicants and candidates for job promotion.

WIPO Academy officials can be contacted through: or through the course-specific email addresses provided.

The WIPO Academy courses are provided for purely academic purposes. They are given in general terms, taking into account different existent trends and opinions in IP-related issues. Case studies are also presented for their pedagogical value. These courses are therefore not intended to be a substitute to legal advice or to offer ready-made answers to litigations or the like. Course administrators are not expected to provide legal advice in the framework of the WIPO Academy training either.

One element of distinctiveness of the WIPO Academy is the diversification of its courses. The Academy offers a wide and growing range of general and specialized courses on all aspects of intellectual property (IP) and its management. Its programs cater to different target beneficiaries: students and teachers, inventors and creators, business managers and IP professionals, policy makers and government officials of IP institutions, diplomats. The Academy seeks to continuously stay innovative by offering new programs to keep up with the ever-changing IP landscape. The Academy also offers, upon request, by traditional face-to-face means as well as distance learning, tailored programs to equip target groups with the specialist knowledge and tools they need to find their way around the IP system, to use it effectively and to manage their IP assets.

The WIPO Academy is primarily a development tool operating essentially for the benefit of developing countries. The Academy is offering developing countries’ nationals scholarships and other kinds of benefits. It also responds to special official requests and needs and provides dovetailed technical assistance and training. A number of courses offered take into consideration development related issues and consecrate chapters for the WIPO Development Agenda. The WIPO Academy is also administering directly a Development Agenda project and is providing technical assistance for the establishment of national intellectual property academies in a number of developing countries.

The WIPO Academy is offering a range of training courses. Each of them has specific application procedures. According to the course to be followed, candidates are encouraged to consult the annual Portfolio of activities or visit the WIPO eLearning Center (WeLC), choose the course they wish to participate in and follow carefully the procedures described thereof. Candidates are encouraged to check conditions related to language, deadlines, official accreditation if any, training location…

In delivering its services, the WIPO Academy cooperates closely with a number of partner universities and institutions. To this end the WIPO Academy has established cooperation agreements with a number of national IP offices, regional IP institutions and institutions of higher education.


Distance Learning-related questions

Distance Learning is used as an innovative, on-line teaching technique that utilizes the Internet for teaching and training purposes. Distance learning courses bring teachers specializing in intellectual property issues closer to students and other interested parties in all corners of the world through virtual means. This method allows students to follow a range of educational programs in intellectual property at their own pace, in their own space.

The development of distance learning course materials is based on the actual demand of different categories of end-users. Target audience definition is the first step in the process of designing distance learning modules. In addition to IP Offices, groups such as lawyers, patent agents, engineers, economists, journalists, and particularly students in university programs can benefit from the Academy’s tailor-made courses, addressing general and specific IP issues.

Training takes place in the virtual environment of the Academy web site. A network of tutors in various regions of the world support students during their work. Students and teachers can interact as often as necessary during the course, because communication takes place through electronic mail. At the end of the program, students receive a Certificate acknowledging completion of the course.

WIPO is committed to creating broader awareness of intellectual property and making it more accessible to students who are not necessarily specializing in this field.

The Academy Distance Learning takes full advantage of information technology and the Internet as an alternative and a complement to traditional training programs. To be able to register, enroll and access the online courses, the candidate will need to acces easily the facilities listed below.

Technical requirements:

  • A valid and accessible email account,
  • A computer (preferably a recent desktop, laptop or tablet) connected to the Internet
  • The following software must be properly installed on the computer:
    • a widely recognized and up-to-date browser such as Chrome (Free download), Internet Explorer, Firefox (Free download), Safari, Opera, etc.
    • Acrobat Reader (Free download),
    • a widely recognized and up-to-date word processor such as Microsoft Word, Writer (Free download)


If available, the following would enhance the experience of the learner:

A spreadsheet software such as Microsoft Excel or Calc (Free download), Lotus 1-2-3, etc.

An audio player software such as Real Player (Free download)

Anyone who has access to the Internet (and can meet certain simple technical requirements) can benefit from the Academy's Distance Learning Program, whether they are professionals in the field or they simply have an interest in intellectual property.

What are the courses offered by the Distance Learning Program?

Courses offered by the Distance Learning Program can be found in WIPO eLearning Center (WeLC). They are classified into General Courses and Specialized Courses. Programs Portfolio

The DL course references are used for ease of reference only. Students can choose to participate in any course according to his/her wishes. DL-101 course remains however a prerequisite in order to participate in any of the Specialized Courses.

A student can participate in more than one DL course at a time, provided he/she has obtained a DL-101 Certificate.

Any student who sits for a DL exam receives an electronic notification of the marks obtained and, eventually, an electronically generated certificate. As this system, which came to replace a more traditional way of handling certificates, is still in a testing phase, the WIPO Academy is deploying efforts in order to deliver Certificates to successful students on time.

The DL courses are offered in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. Additional languages are offered upon special requests. As certain courses are not yet offered in all these languages, the WIPO Academy is endeavoring in order to complete the language coverage as soon as possible and within the available resources.

Instructions to create an account are kept very basic. Students are simply asked to fill in the form and create a username and password. These identification codes will be required each time a student wishes to log in. They are used to manage the account and reset the password for instance. In case of technical problems, students can consult the WIPO Accounts help or contact us.

The Distance-Learning training lab includes state-of-the-art distance learning technologies, using Internet-supported video/audio signals, virtual classrooms, and video conferencing techniques that accompany audiovisual or multimedia products. CD-ROM versions of distance learning courses are also made available at the users’ demand.

Professional Development Program-related questions

The Professional Development Program of the WIPO Academy offers a series of general and specialized training courses for professionals in the field of intellectual property. The program is carried out annually in cooperation with governments and specialized institutions. The list of courses can be found in the WIPO Academy Portfolio.

Training is offered exclusively to government officials from Member States in industrial property offices, copyright offices, collective management organizations, relevant Ministries and research and development (R&D) institutions whose mandate comprises intellectual property issues.

  • Candidates must have application forms duly completed and signed by the applicant and endorsed by the Director General of the Office or senior official of the relevant Ministry before it can be considered.
  • Candidates should have completed the Distance Learning Course (DL-101) “General Course on Intellectual Property” and pass the examination. They may register through the WIPO eLearning Center in order to complete that DL-101. Candidates who do not have access to the Internet may request the WIPO Academy to provide a CD-ROM containing the DL-101 Course.
  • Candidates are expected to continue their service in the field of intellectual property, or in related institutions, on completion of their training.

The selection of candidates is carried out by WIPO. A number of criteria are set during this process including inter alia candidate’s profile, language proficiency, gender balance and previous participations. The selected candidates are notified directly.

Upon selection, WIPO will directly contact the candidate through a letter of invitation. The candidate then has to confirm his/her participation in the program, after which the candidate will be requested to apply for a visa if necessary. WIPO will subsequently send instructions to the UNDP office of the candidate’s country so UNDP can assist him/her with the travel arrangements, the payment of allowance if applicable, and terminal expenses.

A certificate of participation is issued to the participants at the end of each training course.

Participants are requested not to bring any accompanying persons to the courses. In any event, WIPO does not take any responsibility or incur administrative costs or take any action (e.g., make travel arrangements, provide a subsistence allowance, arrange entry visas and insurance, etc.) for such persons. Arrangements made for the participants by WIPO and/or the host institutions are solely for the benefit of the participants.

Summer Schools-related questions

Practically all summer schools have the same curriculum, format and duration. Students are exposed to various aspects of IP rights, including the international nature of IP protection and the interface between IP and other disciplines. The program includes the following methodologies and takes an interdisciplinary, problem-oriented approach: lectures, case studies, panel discussions, group discussions on selected IP topics and simulation exercises.

Summer schools cover a very wide range of intellectual property related topics. These may vary from one course to another but they basically include a set of general and more specialized subjects related to IP. Programs of summer schools are published on the WIPO Academy’s website.

Locations, dates and conditions of participation in summer schools are published on a yearly basis on the WIPO Academy website. These courses last for 10 days each.


Interregional in nature, the WIPO Summer Schools Program is aimed at senior students (graduate and post-graduate) from any academic discipline as well as young professionals working in any field in which IP may play a part.

Distance Learning

Pre-selected candidates will be required to successfully complete a special session of the Academy’s Distance Learning General Course on Intellectual Property (DL-101). Dates for this session are announced upon pre-selection.

Registration Fees

Developing countries and countries in transition: students US$ 150 and young professionals US$ 250.
Developed countries: students US$ 300 and young professionals: US$ 500.

Travel, Accommodation and Living Expenses

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

A certificate is awarded to each participant upon the successful completion of the summer school program.

Academic Institutions Program-related questions

The Academic Instituions Program offers in collaboration with universities, national and regional IP offices and other international organizations:

  • Master of Laws (LL.M) in IP
  • Masters degree in IP law
  • Diploma courses in IP law
  • WIPO-WTO Colloquium for Teachers of IP
  • Colloquia and symposia on IP education, training and research

These are offered with an enhanced focus on the regional and multilateral context, with respect to negotiation and implementation of international conventions, and the diversity of IP cultures and levels of development within which IP systems operate on a national, regional or international basis. The program also seeks to encourage developing countries to increase IP awareness generally by introducing IP more broadly into their education systems.

The target audiences include graduate students, young university professionals, teachers of IP, researchers, government officials dealing with IP rights and the general public.

What are the modalities to participate in the Academic Institutions Program?

As the WIPO Academy is delivering these programs jointly with different higher education institutions, participation modalities in the Academic Institutions Program differ accordingly. Scholarships and application modalities are made available on the WIPO Academy website as well as on the websites of partner institutions.

The Master programs are interdisciplinary and multi-cultural covering the following topical areas:

  • General Introduction to IP
  • Patents
  • Competition and Antitrust
  • Copyright and Related Rights
  • Trademarks and Geographical Indications
  • Industrial Designs and Technology Transfer
  • Exploitation and Enforcement of IP
  • International Aspects of IP
  • Study visits
  • Research Project

It takes from 9 months to 2 years, depending on the partner institution.

  • Suggestions of IP curricula
  • Provision of WIPO Publications
  • Provision of Distance Learning Modules
  • Participation of WIPO experts in teaching and training or identify and IP expert from the region

Judicial Training Institutions Project-related questions

For specific unanswered questions related to the Judicial Training Institutions Project, please contact the Project Manager, via email at: