Celebrating Twenty Years of the WIPO Academy

June 21, 2018

Francis Gurry led WIPO as Director General from October 1, 2008 to September 30, 2020.

Over the last 20 years, the Academy has continuously worked to build human capacity in intellectual property (IP), ultimately creating a community through its alumni and partners.On this occasion, the Academy would like to extend its gratitude to all members of its community – from partners to participants – for their support and enthusiasm towards IP education.

Video message from WIPO Director General, Francis Gurry | WIPO DG on IP training for the 21st century

The Academy in your words

Fernando dos Santos, Director General, African Regional Intellectual Property Organization

Masashi Nemoto, Director, International Cooperation Division, Japan Patent Office

Kerry Faul, Head, National Intellectual Property Management Office, South Africa

Hyunseok Lim, Director, Patent Examination Division, Korean Intellectual Property Office

Adel El-saaed Oweida, President, Egyptian Patent Office

Josephine Santiago, Director General, Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines

Alessandro Enrico Cogo, Associate Professor, Department of Law, University of Turin

Cristian Florescu, Head, International Department, Romanian Office for Copyright

The Academy in numbers

The Academy has welcomed more than half a million students since its establishment in 1998.

Participants by gender

Image, participants by gender, 52% female, 48% male

Twenty years of IP education

Image showing timeline of the twenty years of IP education offered by the WIPO Academy
(Image: WIPO)



Screenshot of WIPO's social media kit for the 20th anniversary celebration of the WIPO Academy

Social media kit

Visuals for social media, videos and templates to create your own content in celebration of the 20th anniversary.