WIPO Academy

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 programs

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, and
  • civil society.

Courses combine face-to-face and distance learning methodologies, and are taught by IP experts. Our course catalogue outlines the content of each course.

Each of the Academy’s training courses can have specific application procedures, all of which are outlined in our eLearning Center online course catalogue as well as in our PDF course catalogue PDF, WIPO Academy Course Catalogue 2022

How do we deliver our programs?

Our online training is delivered through a modern eLearning platform called the WIPO eLearning Center.

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Professional development

Specialized IP training for government and public sector officials.

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University partnerships

Joint Master's degrees in IP, offered in partnership with a number of prestigious universities around the world, and support for IP teaching and research.

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Distance learning

Online and hybrid IP courses at introductory, advanced and executive levels in up to ten languages.

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Summer schools

Short IP courses targeting young professionals.


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.

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Continuing judicial IP education

Cooperating with judicial institutions to enable them to provide training in the area of IP.

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IP training institutions

Assisting member states to establish their own IP training capacity through national IP training institutions.

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A service to kick-start teachers and learners on their path to creativity and IP education in primary and secondary schools.

Academy community

Since its establishment in 1998, the WIPO Academy has continuously built a large community of partners, alumni, IP experts and other lecturers who have contributed to its ongoing success.


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What our partners say

Dora Salamba, Copyright Society of Malawi

"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."

WIPO’s COVID-19 response package

The Academy supports member states in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and building back better in their economic recovery through: 

  • organizing a series of train the trainer modules on IP and public health via the network of IP Training Institutions;
  • helping IP offices offer post-COVID economic recovery training for SMEs and entrepreneurs by developing tailored training programs and related resources;
  • offering a series of Executive Programs in partnership with selected universities with a focus on technology transfer skills for the private sector; and
  • cooperating with the International Trade Centre’s SME Trade Academy to offer distance learning courses for female exporters.
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Find out more

The WIPO Academy Review: Sharing Knowledge & Building IP Skills

A highlight of the Academy’s achievements in 2020 and 2021.

Access report

WIPO / KIPO Funds-in-Trust

Republic of Korea Funds-in-Trust for Intellectual Property Education