The Academy is the center of excellence for intellectual property (IP) education, training and skills-building for WIPO member states, in particular developing countries, least-developed countries (LDCs) and countries in transition. The Academy works to help build human capacity in IP, which is essential to innovation and creativity.
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Our four programs cover a rich portfolio of both general and specialized courses on IP, and cater to different target audiences:
policy makers and government officials
inventors and creators
business managers and IP professionals
small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs
students and teachers of IP
Courses combine face-to-face and distance learning methodologies, and are taught by IP experts. Our Course catalogue outlines the content of each course.
As a key tool for development, the Academy has close links with the Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP), and has completed a number of CDIP projects, which are now mainstreamed into its activities and are aimed at further supporting IP capacity building. The Academy also runs other projects such as the IP4Youth&Teachers service under the distance learning program.
"I have used the knowledge that I acquired through the Program to help in our review of the Copyright Act of Malawi because we had to see the best practices…This has also benefited us as a country, so that’s the most important thing about the Distance Learning Program organized by the Academy."
Maria de los Angeles Sànchez Torres, Cuban IP Office
(On the Professional Development Program) "First of all, I should like to say that this has been a constant feature of cooperation between the Cuban Industrial Property Office and the WIPO Academy."