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Apply Now: WIPO International Patent Drafting Training Program

January 12, 2024

The WIPO International Patent Drafting Training Program (IPDTP) is now open for applications until February 18, 2024. The session is scheduled to start on April 10, 2024.

Register for the WIPO International Patent Drafting Training Program

Video: WIPO International Patent Drafting Training Program (IPDTP)

The International Patent Drafting Training Program was developed in collaboration with the International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI) to enhance the knowledge and skills of professionals who wish to strengthen their patent drafting skills. Participants get to learn about claim drafting techniques and methodologies, specification drafting for inventions, analysis of inventions, and strategic filing decisions.

What does the program include?

The training program, which will be held in English, is composed of the following three phases and a final evaluation:

  • Phase 1: Drafting Basics – tutor-led online modules on the fundamentals of drafting claims and specification through expert-facilitated discussions and exercises.
  • Phase 2: Workshop – a workshop held at WIPO Headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland delivered by patent experts, with a focus on improving patent drafting skills and the practices of different jurisdictions.
  • Phase 3: Mentoring – online mentoring by high-level experts, including tailor-made advanced patent drafting exercises for each participant’s field of expertise. Participants will have a unique opportunity to directly interact and seek hands-on advice from instructors through mentoring.

Upon the successful completion of the program, participants will be awarded a WIPO certificate.

Who should apply?

This training program is ideal for those with professional or commercial interest in patents, and those who are looking to enhance their patent drafting skills across different technical fields. In particular, the following professionals are encouraged to apply:

  • practicing or prospective patent agents;
  • staff of technology transfer offices at universities, public research centers or WIPO Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs);
  • individuals regularly involved in supporting inventors obtain patents; and
  • innovators, researchers, and members of the public wishing to enhance their patent drafting skills.

Qualified applicants must have a Bachelor's Degree in law and/ or in science and technology, or at least one year professional or research experience in patent drafting or patent prosecution.

General knowledge of intellectual property (IP) and patents (at least equivalent to the WIPO Academy Advanced Distance Learning Course on Patents) and proficiency in written and spoken English are also required.

Need more information?

WIPO will be hosting a series of information sessions on the International Patent Drafting Training Program for all prospective participants on:

Please contact the program administrator if you need more information or have further enquiries about the program.

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