The Academy is the center of excellence for intellectual property (IP) education and training 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.
Quick video overview of the WIPO Academy
Video: 10th anniversary of the WIPO-South Africa summer school program (Howard Productions). (Watch on YouTube)
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
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.
Short IP courses for university students and young professionals.
As a key tool for development, the Academy has close links with the Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP), and has a number of CDIP projects aimed at further supporting IP capacity building. The Academy also runs other projects such as the IP4Youth&Teachers service under the distance learning program.
A service to kick-start teachers and learners on their path to IP education.
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.
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."
Adel Oweida, Egyptian Patent Office
"The agreement signed between the Egyptian Patent Office and the WIPO Academy, was truly beneficial to our office, by increasing staff efficiency with about 15 participants in the first 'train-the-trainers' course organized."
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."
Masashi Nemoto, Japan Patent Office
"Over the past 20 years, Japan has also been involved in various activities conducted by the WIPO Academy to develop human resources in IP fields by making use of the Japan Funds-In-Trust at WIPO."
Kerry Faul, South African National IP Management Office
"IP is not the end goal and I think that what is exciting about the summer school on technology transfer, is that it is talking increasingly about how you can use IP to advance your development agenda in any particular country."
Hyunseok Lim, Korean IP Office
"WIPO Academy, which has both great expertise in IP training and a strong global network is surely the best partner to us. That is why Korea closely cooperates with the WIPO Academy and we hope to further enhance the cooperation in the future."