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Back in Action: WIPO-WTO Colloquium for IP Teachers

November 5, 2021

After a yearlong hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the WIPO-WTO Colloquium for Teachers of IP is back with its 17th edition, which is taking place virtually from November 1 to 12, 2021. The colloquium is a two-week activity that focuses on intellectual property (IP) and relevant teaching methodologies jointly organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) since 2004.

WIPO Deputy Director General Mr. Hasan Kleib and WTO Deputy Director General Ms. Anabel Gonzalez gave the opening address at the colloquium on November 1, 2021 highlighting the key role of educators in the future of the IP system.

Photo Credits: WIPO/Berrod

WIPO’s vision is a world where innovation and creativity from anywhere is supported by intellectual property, for the good of everyone. We see educators such as yourselves as a vital part of making this vision a reality on the ground. You are at the forefront of these efforts.

Mr. Hasan Kleib, WIPO Deputy Director
Photo Credits: WTO

In making balanced IP systems, the scholarly community has a critical role to play in analysing how best to adapt and reconsider the broad principles of the IP system across a wide diversity of economic, social, cultural and technological contexts.

Ms. Anabel Gonzalez, WTO Deputy Director General

The colloquium is an opportunity for university teachers and researchers to enhance their IP knowledge and skills to support their countries’ independent research, policy analysis and teaching in the field of IP law.

A total of 30 teachers and researchers representing 28 countries, in addition to 25 colloquium alumni who submitted research papers for the 2020 WIPO-WTO Colloquium Papers are participating in the colloquium.

What will the WIPO-WTO Colloquium cover?

The WIPO-WTO Colloquium gives participants the opportunity to engage in discussions about current issues in IP law and policy with peers, and with more than 40 expert lecturers from WIPO, WTO, other intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, the private sector and renowned universities around the globe.

Throughout the colloquium, participants are invited to introduce specific topical IP areas and challenges that are currently under active debate or review in their respective countries or regions, particularly relating to the COVID-19 pandemic .

The program of the colloquium covers a wide range of IP related legal and policy issues, such as:

  • IP and economic and social development;
  • The role of IP in public health, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic;
  • IP and emerging technologies in the digital environment;
  • IP and biotechnology;
  • Competition policy and IP;
  • From university research to IP commercialization; and
  • New teaching methodologies and skills-development during COVID-19.

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