November 1, 2023
The WIPO-Harvard Law School (HLS) joint certificate course on Patent Law and Global Public Health (“PatentX”) is now open for registration until December 15, 2023 on the WIPO eLearning Center for the session starting on January 22, 2024.
Now in its third edition, the PatentX course addresses the critical role of intellectual property (IP) in stimulating the production and distribution of vaccines and medicines, particularly in pandemics.
The course is divided into two parts. The first part covers the basics of patent law, and the second part considers how patent law can be applied or adapted to mitigate the current public-health crisis, and reduce the burden of disease throughout the world in the future.
Participants will have the unique opportunity to learn from faculty members trained by Harvard Law School, including instructors from the WIPO Joint Master’s Programs, about a range of topics such as:
Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate jointly signed by WIPO and Harvard Law School.
Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply for the course by submitting applications that meet the following criteria:
Applications must be submitted online through the WIPO eLearning Center. Successful applicants will be notified of their admission into the course by the WIPO Academy. For more information, please contact the course administration.
The WIPO-Harvard PatentX course is offered free-of-charge to a limited number of participants. It is open to candidates with university degree(s) in any fields.
The duration of the course is 12 weeks. It is offered twice each year
The course is designed primarily for government officials, nongovernmental policymakers, academics, post-graduate students, professionals in fields related to health care, and members of the public who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills in the field of IP and global public health.
Taking the course conscientiously requires approximately 5 hours of focused work per week. Specifically, it entails:
Academic support is provided throughout the course by an experienced tutor trained and certified by HLS.
To be eligible to take the final exam and receive a certificate of completion, each participant must attend and actively participate in at least 10 out of the 12 weekly seminars.
A written final examination will be administered starting on April 20, 2024. Participants who wish to take the examination will submit written responses via the HLS platform.