World Intellectual Property Organization

Capacity Building

WIPO delivers extensive capacity building and training programs. These aim to help all countries develop the skills and institutional capacity they need to administer, manage and use intellectual property (IP).

Our capacity building programs are demand-driven and adapted to country needs. They include training in numerous legal, technical and practical aspects of intellectual property; as well as in the use of the PCT, Madrid, Hague and Lisbon systems, and WIPO's alternative dispute resolution services.

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WIPO Academy courses include IP Summer Schools for students and young professionals. (Photo: WIPO)

IP education

WIPO Academy

The WIPO Academy offers joint master degrees in IP law, advanced courses for teachers of IP, and Summer Schools for students and young professionals, in addition to:

Professional Development Program

Includes:

  • Courses on industrial property and copyright at the intermediate and advanced levels;
  • Specialized courses in IP for specific audiences, in cooperation with partner institutions;
  • Courses in industrial property for senior officials from R&D institutions and technology transfer centers from developing countries, LDCs and countries in transition;
  • Courses for collective management organizations (CMOs);
  • A WIPO‑WTO advanced course on IP for government officials.

Distance Learning Program

Includes:

  • Primer on IP and General Course on IP;
  • Primer on the PCT;
  • Advanced specialized courses on copyright and related rights management, IP and electronic commerce, the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Rules, patents, patent information search, basic patent drafting, IP management (including in the publishing industry), trademarks, GIs, industrial designs, and IP and biotechnology;
  • Joint Specialization in IP, certificate given by WIPO and the University of South Africa.

Educational publications for schools and young students

Our publications for young people and schools are designed to foster the creativity and inventiveness of future generations, while educating them about the purpose and use of intellectual property.

Training programs in IP skills

Patent drafting

This training program teaches skills in the drafting of patent claims to protect inventions. It is aimed at professionals in technology transfer offices, universities and R&D institutions, patent law firms or companies - including scientists, inventors, technology managers and patent practitioners. The program covers:

  • identifying what can be patented;
  • preparing for and filing a patent application;
  • drafting claims drafting skills;
  • determining the scope and coverage of protection;
  • compliance with national and international patent system requirements.
PDF, WIPO Patent Drafting Guidance

Patent Drafting Manual

Preparation/filing of patent applications, and claims drafting.

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Technology licensing and IP asset management

The technology licensing program covers the creation, protection, management and exploitation of IP assets. It is aimed at professionals in developing and transition countries seeking to build practical skills in IP licensing or valuation. The level and scope of the training can be customized to the particular needs and demands of member states.

The program:

  • explains the fundamental notions of licensing, how it should be used in business, and differences with other IP-related contracts (development collaboration, sponsored research, material transfer or service research agreement);
  • teaches the key terms of a licensing agreement, the mechanics of a negotiation and guidelines for drafting; and
  • includes practical exercises in the negotiation and drafting of licenses.

At the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  • identify potential business opportunities and risks in particular licensing agreements;
  • participate successfully in licensing negotiations; and
  • contribute to the content of licensing agreements, in collaboration with legal counsel and other team members.
PDF, Successful Technology Licensing (hints and tips)

Successful Technology Licensing

Preparing and conducting licensing negotiations

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PDF, Exchanging Value (advice on concluding technology licensing agreements)

Exchanging Value

Negotiating technology licensing agreements

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IP asset management guides

  • IP Audit Tool PDF, Introduction to the Intellectual Property Audit Tool - Assessing value and risk of IP assets
  • IP Asset Development & Management PDF, IP Asset Development & Management to Stimulate Economic Development - Use of IP as an economic asset

For small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)

Training of Trainers Program

The program aims to equip a critical mass of trainers in a country with the knowledge, skills and experience to be able to provide basic assistance to students, entrepreneurs, and SMEs on how to protect, use and manage IP assets.

Other training resources

More capacity-building areas

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Innovation support

The Technology and Innovation Support Center (TISC) program includes special training in searching and using technology information in IP databases.

 

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