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WIPO & Australia’s QUT Launch Post Graduate Program in IP Law

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and Queensland University of Technology (QUT) have joined ranks to offer a Master of Intellectual Property Law program from February 2010. This program was launched by the WIPO Director General, Mr. Francis Gurry, Director General of IP Australia, Mr. Philip Noonan, and Executive Dean of QUT’s Faculty of Law, Professor Michael Lavarch, in Brisbane on August 5, 2009.

WIPO Expands its Distance Learning Program

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) has added five new multilingual courses to the distance learning program offered by its Worldwide Academy. The new courses will cover Arbitration and Mediation Procedure, Patents, Patent Information Search, Basics of Patent Drafting, and Trademarks.

Regional Post Graduate IP Program Launched in Zimbabwe

In a bid to address the human resource needs of African countries in the field of intellectual property (IP), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in collaboration with the African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO, Harare, Zimbabwe) and Africa University (Mutare, Zimbabwe) has launched a masters degree program in IP. Twenty students from diverse backgrounds (including law, engineering, business administration, information technology, library sciences and journalism) have enrolled in the postgraduate program which is the first of its kind in Africa. The students come from 12 African countries (Cameroon, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe). Similar programs are being tailored to the specific IP educational needs of other regions.

International Conference Calls for Strengthening of IP Management Education and Research

The need to strengthen intellectual property (IP) management education and research, especially in developing countries, dominated discussions at a two-day international conference organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on July 17 and 18, 2008. The International Conference on Intellectual Property (IP) Management Education and Research, attended by over thirty academics, mainly from business schools, corporate executives and policy makers, from eighteen countries around the world, was the first of its kind to take an in-depth look at the state of global IP management education and research and to establish a road map for its future development. The Conference adopted a declaration which underlines the urgent need to include IP management education programs into the curricula of schools of business, engineering and law. The declaration further calls on WIPO to assume a leadership role in the development of this important and emerging discipline.

IP Academies Agree to Galvanize Efforts to Promote IP Education

Heads of intellectual property (IP) academies and training and research institutes from across the globe meeting in Beijing under the umbrella of the Global Network on Intellectual Property Academies (GNIPA) on May 8 and 9, 2008, agreed to intensify efforts to strengthen collaboration between particpating institutes, to promote the development of effective IP training programs for diverse target groups and to galvanize support for the Network. The Symposium, hosted by the State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO) discussed, a number of key issues relating to IP education, training and research. The first such Symposium was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in March 2007 and the next Symposium will be hosted by the European Patent Office (EPO) in 2009.

WIPO & Partners Launch 7th Session of LLM in Intellectual Property

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on September 3, 2007, launched the seventh session of the Master of Laws (LLM) in Intellectual Property, a joint post-graduate program in intellectual property (IP) offered by the WIPO Worldwide Academy, the University of Turin and the International Labour Organisation, International Training Center (ILO-ITC), at the ILO-ITC in Turin, Italy. Thirty three students from around the world are participating in the 2007/2008 program.

A Global Network of IP Academies Launched in Brazil to Boost IP Education

A global network of academies dedicated to the teaching of intellectual property (IP) was launched at a meeting convened by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the National Institute of Industrial Property Office (INPI) of Brazil earlier this month in Rio de Janeiro.

WIPO to offer Executive Program for Technology Managers

Technology managers, researchers and scientists seeking to deepen their understanding of intellectual property can, from today, sign up for a new program offered by the Worldwide Academy of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on Innovation, Technology and Intellectual Property Management. Details of the course, which will be held at WIPO’s Geneva headquarters from April 16 to 19, 2007, are available at:

WIPO and University of Khartoum Sign Cooperation Agreement

The Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Dr. Kamil Idris, and Professor Mohamed Ahmed Ali El-Sheikh, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Khartoum, on behalf of their respective organizations, signed a cooperation agreement on December 15, 2006 to further teaching and training in the field of intellectual property (IP).

ARIPO Names Building Housing New Regional Intellectual Property Training Center after Dr. Kamil Idris

The African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO) inaugurated on February 15, 2006, a regional intellectual property (IP) training center, naming the building housing the Center after the Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Dr. Kamil Idris, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the promotion of IP as a tool for development. Dr. Idris also met with the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, Mr. Robert Mugabe, to discuss the importance of intellectual property to development and wealth creation.

WIPO Academy Offers New Courses in 2005

Students and professionals will be able to take advantage of a new and expanded range of intellectual property (IP) courses offered by the Academy of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in 2005. The Academy's 2005 program features a number of enhancements to its distance learning program as well as the WIPO Summer School which offers students and young professionals an opportunity to acquire more in-depth knowledge of IP. Some 38,000 students, professionals and government officials from over 180 countries have benefited from the courses offered by the WIPO Academy since it was set up in 1998 in response to rising global demand for intellectual property training and education.