WIPO Academy

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

20 Years of the WIPO Academy

June 21, 2018 marks the 20th anniversary of the WIPO Academy.

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
  • students and teachers of IP
  • 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 2018

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

General and 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.

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Distance learning

E-Learning for IP courses at introductory and advanced levels in up to ten languages.

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Summer schools

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.

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Judicial training institutions

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

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National 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 IP education.

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WIPO Academy Year in Review

A highlight of the Academy's achievements in 2017


WIPO Academy Brochure

A quick overview of the WIPO Academy