Enhanced Human Resource Capacities

Education, training, support, and awareness-raising are at the core of the capability and capacity building activities that FIT Japan IP Global contributes to and/or undertakes.


Master’s degree in Intellectual Property (MIP)

Each year selected students are granted scholarships to study MIP degrees offered jointly by WIPO and African academic institutions, namely Africa University (Zimbabwe) and l’Université de Yaoundé II (Cameroon). Up to 12 students are selected per program.

  • Congratulations to the Graduates of the Joint Master’s in IP with Africa University and ARIPO, June 11, 2022, Mutare (Zimbabwe)
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  • Sub Regional Workshop in MIP Program, Africa University, From University Research to Intellectual Property, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship, June 3 and 4, 2021, Virtual.
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  • Published - Landmark Intellectual Property Textbook from an African perspective.
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WIPO Summer School

Each year up to 10 selected students are granted scholarships by FIT Japan IP Global to participate in the WIPO Summer School in South Africa.

WIPO International Patent Drafting Training Program

A number of participants are granted scholarships by FIT Japan IP Global to attend Geneva workshop in the WIPO International Patent Drafting Training Program.

  • Building a Community to Translate Innovation Into Growth.
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Fellowship programs

Long-term fellowship

In 1997, the first two fellowships under the FIT Japan fellowship program were awarded to a senior lecturer from Delhi University and to a senior manager from China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of China. The fellowships were awarded to teachers or trainers of industrial property in industrial property offices, and faculty members engaged in the training or teaching of industrial property at universities.

Following the successful initial fellowship program at Osaka Institute of Technology (OIT) since 2016, three months’ fellowship at Japanese Universities has been offered to selected technology transfer professionals.

Under the pandemic of COVID-19 since 2020, the Online IP Study Courses, as a substitute program for this fellowship have been successfully held at the OIT.

  • Online IP study courses in Osaka, Japan, May 12 to July 29, 2022
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  • Online IP study courses in Osaka, Japan, September 28 to December 14, 2021
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  • Online IP study courses in Osaka, Japan, September 29, 2020 to January 19, 2021
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Short-term fellowship

Two-week period fellowship programs have been offered to IP-support institutions’ staffs in developing countries, who have completed the L.L.M course on IP under the WIPO scholarship. Participants of this program obtain the opportunity to gain practical experiences in patent firms, university technology transfer offices, or IP management offices of private companies and science parks in Japan.

Students graduating from the MIP program at Africa University
MIP graduation ceremony (Photo: Africa University)



Training on examination aims to enhance the capacity of national and regional IP offices to examine industrial property applications.

  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
    • November 10 to 21, Tokyo (Japan)
    • February 20 to 27, Tokyo (Japan)
    • February 12 to 19, Tokyo (Japan)
    • January 29 to February 5, Tokyo (Japan)
    • January 20 to 31, Tokyo (Japan)
  • 2013
    • November 11 to 22, Tokyo (Japan)
    • February 21 to 28, Tokyo (Japan)
    • February 13 to 20, Tokyo (Japan)
    • February 4 to 8, Tokyo (Japan)
    • January 30 to February 1, Yaoundé (Cameroon) (Meeting documents)
    • January 21 to February 1, Tokyo (Japan)
  • 2012
    • October 22 to November 2, Tokyo (Japan)
    • July 10 to 12, Harare (Zimbabwe) (Meeting documents)
  • 2011
    • February 24 to March 3, Tokyo (Japan)
    • February 16 to 23, Tokyo (Japan)
    • January 12 to 25, Tokyo (Japan)
  • 2010
    • October 18 to 29, Tokyo (Japan)

Workshops on IP enforcement

Workshops to build capacity of judicial and law enforcement officials have been held to discuss topical issues on building respect for IP and enhance participants’ knowledge and expertise in the field of enforcement of IP.

Patent drafting courses

Patent drafting courses have been held to enhance capacities of potential trainers and key persons in developing countries.

WIPO Roving seminar

  • 2017
    • July 20 and 21, Dar es Salaam (Tanzania)
    • July 17 and 18, Zanzibar (Tanzania)
    • March 24 and 25, Lilongwe (Malawi))
    • March 20 and 21, Blantyre (Malawi)

TISC support

FIT Japan IP Global has sponsored numerous seminars, workshops and trainings for Technology and Innovation Support Centers (TISCs), which aim to enhance the capacity of researchers and inventors in developing countries to use IP information in their innovation activities.

Students discussing in an intellectual property class
Students learning about IP issues (Photo: Africa University)