Record Participation at 8th Edition of WIPO-University of Geneva Summer School

July 6, 2018

The eighth edition of the WIPO-University of Geneva (UNIGE) summer school program on intellectual property (IP) took place in Geneva, Switzerland from June 25 to July 6, 2018, with a record number of 98 participants from 35 countries.

The short and intensive summer school program introduces IP to different young professionals, junior lawyers and students and provides an in-depth overview of the role that IP plays in promoting innovation and creativity and how it interacts with other policy areas. Participants have the opportunity to interact with world-leading experts and to enrich their IP knowledge.


The opening ceremony of the summer school was presided over by the Executive Director of the WIPO Academy, Mr. Sherif Saadallah and a Vice-Rector of the University of Geneva, Mr. Jacques de Werra (who is also professor of IP law at the University of Geneva).

Additional activities

The WIPO-UNIGE summer school has cultivated an IP community through its alumni who were also invited to an alumni Reception organized for the summer school on the occasion of the WIPO Academy’s 20th Anniversary this year. Summer school participants also had the opportunity to participate in the first edition of the IP Researchers Europe (IPRE) Conference at which IP scholars had an opportunity to present and discuss their on-going research projects.

What was covered by the WIPO-UNIGE summer school?

The WIPO summer school program covers a wide range of topics highlighting the correlation between IP and numerous public policy areas such as IP and public health, food security and climate change. It also includes discussions on the role of IP in newly-developing fields such as artificial intelligence. The summer school program for 2018 included lectures on the following topics:

  • Copyright Challenges in the Digital Age;
  • Sale and Licensing of Content Online;
  • Intellectual Property Enforcement and Artificial Intelligence; and
  • Current IP Issues of Biotechnology.

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