Frequently Asked Questions about the WIPO Academy
Is the WIPO Academy a University?
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.
Are students trained at WIPO headquarters?
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.
What is the value of the certificates granted?
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.
How can I contact WIPO Academy officials?
When enquiries are not answered in the Q&A or in the Academy website, the WIPO Academy officials will do all their best in order to provide satisfactory information without delay. They can be reached through the WIPO Academy contacts. Enquirers are kindly encouraged to be clear and concise and to provide necessary personal details (names, profession, nationality, email).
Does the Academy provide legal advice?
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.
Are the WIPO Academy courses addressed to a certain category of students?
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.
How development related issues are provided for?
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.
How to apply for a training course?
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…
What kind of partners the WIPO Academy has?
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
What is the WIPO Academy Distance Learning Program?
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.
How does distance learning work?
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.
Why distance learning?
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. Basic technical requirements are necessary:
- A computer connected to the Internet
- Internet Explorer 5 or higher
- Sound card and speakers
- Real Player software
Who can benefit?
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
Do I have the choice to select any course in the list without respecting the course number/reference order?
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.
Can I participate in more than one course at a time?
A student can participate in more than one DL course at a time, provided he/she has obtained a DL-101 Certificate.
I succeeded in a DL course, when do I receive my 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.
I cannot find a DL course in my language, Why?
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.
I have difficulties to create an account, what to do?
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 User Center help or contact us.
I do not have internet access. How can I follow distance learning courses?
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
What are the training courses offered by the Professional Development Program?
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.
Is the Professional Development Program open to non-governmental officials?
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.
What are the main conditions to participate in the professional development program?
- 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.
How are candidates selected?
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.
What are the administrative arrangements to be made once selected?
Information concerning travel and other administrative arrangements for participation in the training program is communicated directly to the candidate or through the UNDP office where applicable.
Holders of WIPO fellowships participating in courses or seminars lasting two weeks or more are covered by a medical insurance taken out by WIPO for the training period. Details of the medical insurance scheme are sent to selected candidates.
Candidates selected for fellowships lasting two weeks or more are required to undergo a medical examination confirming their good health. The medical examination is to be carried out by a physician recognized by the United Nations in the candidate's country. When applicable, WIPO informs the selected candidates of the requirement for medical examination through the relevant UNDP office.
In view of the strict entry visa requirements of countries in which the training courses or seminars will be organized, WIPO will not authorize the selected candidates to travel unless they have obtained all the required entry visas in advance.
Travel and Accommodation Arrangements
Travel and subsistence expenses are borne by WIPO and/or by the governments or organizations cooperating with WIPO in organizing the training course. Participants receive a daily subsistence allowance adequate to cover the cost of accommodation and meals. In certain cases, the allowance is partly replaced by free-of-charge accommodation and/or meals.
Are the participants granted certificates at the end of the training courses?
A certificate of participation is issued to the participants at the end of each training course.
Can I accompany a person during courses?
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.
Executive Program-related Questions
What are the courses offered by the Executive Program?
The Executive Program offers regular intensive courses on Strategic Intellectual Property Management. These are generally organized in developing countries. Courses are announced periodically on the WIPO Academy website. Programs, registration forms, brochures and payment modalities are made available for each seminar.
Who are the Executive Program target audiences?
The Executive Program targets executives and managers involved in R&D or with responsibility for the development and management of new products and processes including corporate technical staff, laboratory directors, managers responsible for the product or project engineering organizations, heads of research programs and managers with a heavy stake in the successful running of the company’s R&D effort. Thus entrepreneurs, board members, CEOs, presidents, vice presidents, general managers, executives in functional areas such as marketing, brand management, research and development, design, finance, managers of legal and IP department, heads of human resources, and operations in large and small firms and R&D organizations who seek to integrate IP strategy into the corporate innovation and technology strategy are also concerned.
What are the core topics of the seminars organized by the Executive Program?
Core topics of the program include:
- Creating an Innovation Culture
- Strategic Management of Innovation
- Valuation of Intellectual Property
- IP laws for Managers and Recent Developments
- IP Licensing Agreements
- Case Studies
- Optimizing Design for Competitive Advantage
- Managing Intellectual Property
- Strategic Use of Evolving IP Regime
- Strategic use of WIPO’s Global IP Protection and Dispute Resolution
What are the modalities to participate in the Executive Program?
Candidates to the Executive Program are processed on first come first served basis, subject to availability of space and their background. Fluency in English is expected. Candidate’s experience, scope of current responsibilities, and the position will be considered to optimize the learning experience and exchange of ideas among the participants. Places are limited so early application is recommended.
All participants are charged approximately US$ 2,500 for a three-day intensive course. Fees may differ slightly depending on the country chosen as venue. The fee covers tuition, study materials, coffee break refreshments, lunches and the opening dinner. A 20% discount is applied to two or more participants belonging to the same organization; a 20% discount applies to the members of the IP associations and organizations recognized by WIPO; a 40% discount is made available to participants from developing countries; and a special rate is available to participants from least-developed countries.
Travel and Accommodation
Participants are responsible for their own travel to and from the Program venue as well as accommodation. Accommodations are usually selected by the organizers at special prices for speakers and participants.
Summer Schools-related Questions
What are the programs offered by the Summer Schools Program?
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.
What are the core topics of the summer schools?
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.
What are the modalities to participate in the summer schools?
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.
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.
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.
Do you provide certificates after each seminar?
A certificate of participation is awarded to participants who successfully complete program requirements.
Academic Institutions Program-related Questions
What are the courses offered by the Academic Institutions Program?
The Academic Executive 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.
Who are the Academic Institution Program target audiences?
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.
Which are the main courses covered by the each master program curriculum?
The Master programs are interdisciplinary and multi-cultural covering the following topical areas:
- General Introduction to IP
- 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
How long does it take to complete a master program
It takes from 9 months to 2 years, depending on the partner institution.
What kind of support does WIPO provide for Institutions initiating the IP course(s) or IP program
- 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