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.

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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
  • 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 2020

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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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.

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."

Fernando dos Santos, African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO)

“The people that were trained by WIPO Academy in collaboration with ARIPO and the Africa University are changing the landscape of IP in the continent… The MIP Program in Mutare, in Zimbabwe, is a success story because from this program we’ve been able to capacitate and create those skills that the continent needs.”

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."

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WIPO / KIPO Funds-in-Trust

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