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

Geneva, September 5, 2007

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.
At the opening ceremony, the Dean of the WIPO Worldwide Academy, Mr. Mpazi Sinjela, welcomed the participants and outlined the activities of WIPO in human resources development in particular. He challenged the students with a theme of this year’s session as “the Power of Imagination” - a power that converts ideas into reality.  Professor Marco Ricolfi, Program Chairman and Professor of the University of Turin, also welcomed the participants and outlined the objectives of the program, which include providing the skills required to play a leading role in intellectual property practice and teaching. His Excellency Ambassador Luigi Guidobono Cavalchini, President of the Advisory Group of the Masters Program of the ILO-ITC, also attended the opening ceremony.
First launched in 2000, the annual program seeks to train trainers of intellectual property in order to bolster the protection of intellectual property rights in both developed and developing countries.  Every year, WIPO awards 20 scholarships to students from developing countries to participate in the program. Since its establishment in 2000, this joint Masters program has trained over 190 students from more than 140 countries.
The LLM program with the University of Turin comprises three phases: distance learning, a residential phase and the writing of a thesis. During the residential phase at the ILO-ITC in Turin, the Masters program is taught by world-renowned faculty drawn from universities around the world. This phase also includes a one-week study visit to WIPO headquarters (from November 19 to 23, 2007) during which students follow a lecture program and have an opportunity to meet WIPO experts. Upon successful completion of the three phases, students will be awarded with a Master of Laws in Intellectual Property degree.
The launch of the seventh session of the Masters program reflects the commitment of both the WIPO Academy and the University of Turin to excellence in the teaching of intellectual property. 
For more information about the Masters program please visit the WIPO Worldwide Academy website: https://www.wipo.int/academy/en/ or the University of Turin web link: www.turin-ip.com.

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