World Intellectual Property Organisation Learning Centre

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations. It is dedicated to developing a balanced and accessible international intellectual property (IP) system, which rewards creativity, stimulates innovation and contributes to economic development while safeguarding the public interest. WIPO was established by the WIPO Convention in 1967 with a mandate from its Member States to promote the protection of IP throughout the world through cooperation among states and in collaboration with other international organizations. Its headquarters are in Geneva, Switzerland.

The WIPO eLearning Center, part of the WIPO Academy, offers a variety of courses on intellectual property accessible via the Internet, including the ones desscribed below:

General Courses (no fees chargeable)

Course

Description

Duration

Certificate

DL-001 Primer on Intellectual Property

Covers briefly the fundamental aspects of intellectual property

3 hours  

No  

DL-101 General Course on Intellectual Property

This course covers the main areas of intellectual property, namely copyright, related rights, patents, trademarks, geographical indications, industrial design, plant breeders' rights, unfair competition and international registration systems.

50 hours  

Yes  

PCT Distance Learning Course: Introduction to the Patent Cooperation Treaty

This course provides an introduction and general overview of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), an international system for seeking patents on a global scale. The course was developed by WIPO specialists on the PCT using the pedagogical and distance learning methodology of the WIPO Academy. The course is entirely self-study and includes test questions to measure your understanding and progress in learning the content. In addition to the course material, you will find links to specific reference documents, such as legal texts and other official WIPO documents.

4 hours  

No  

Advanced Courses (there are fees chargeable for all these courses, with concessionary rates for both students and citizens of certain nations)

Course

Description

Duration

Certificate

DL-201 Copyright and Related Rights

This advanced course covers the basic principles of international Copyright Law, international treaties, and recent developments and trends in the area of international copyright. It also covers the role of WIPO in the worldwide protection of copyright.

100 hours  

Yes

DL-202 Electronic Commerce and Intellectual Property

 

This course is structured in three levels. Level one provides a foundation for understanding the basic concepts involved with E-commerce and IP. Level two covers the IP aspects of E-commerce in three main areas: Copyright, Trademarks and Patents. At level three, various sub-topics in each of the above areas are addressed in greater detail.

50 hours  

Yes

DL-204 Biotechnology and Intellectual Property

 

This advanced course aims to illustrate how you can use the current IP system to protect and commercialize your biotechnological invention. After completing the study of this course, you should be able to develop a sound knowledge of the different legal instruments related to protection of your biotechnology invention and execute a strategy for commercializing your invention.

100 hours  

Yes

DL-301 Patents

 

This course aims to provide participants with an in-depth perspective on the principles and economic impact of patents and the patenting process as a whole. The course incorporates examination of the traditional use of patents by centers of knowledge such as universities and other specialized institutions of higher learning. It also provides students with a comprehensive review of the importance of Patent Pools in facilitating the effective transfer and development of technology.

100 hours  

Yes

DL-302 Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications

 

This advanced course is intended to provide training material online to cover intellectual property aspects which are closely related to trade and competition in the globalized market. Additionally, the course is intended to educate and raise awareness of some of the complex issues that surround the protection and management of intellectual property for branding.

100 hours  

Yes

DL-317 Arbitration and Mediation Procedure under the WIPO Rules

 

This advanced course is intended to describe the main features and advantages of the procedures designed by the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center; how the selection process of the most appropriate dispute resolution procedure for any given case; and how to draft appropriate dispute resolution clauses for insertion into and agreement.

50 hours  

Yes

DL-318 Patent Information Search

 

The intention of this distance learning course relating to patent information searching is to introduce you to, and illustrate the concepts, of searching patent information.

100 hours  

Yes

DL-320 Basics of Patent Drafting

 

The intention of this advanced distance learning course on the basics of patent drafting is to introduce you to, and illustrate the concepts, of patent drafting. Some practical exercises are proposed with enough background and description to help you gain confidence to form a credible set of claims.

100 hours  

Yes

DL-401 Managing Intellectual Property in the Book Publishing Industry

 

This course is intended to provide a basic guide to publishers who wish to increase their understanding of how to manage intellectual property (IP) rights in a business context. Based on conventional practices of publishing houses, it offers practical information to help publishers both to exploit IP rights as economic assets and to avoid infringing the rights of others. It focuses primarily on publishers of trade books. The concepts covered are equally relevant to publishers of other printed literature, such as textbooks, newspapers, magazines and corporate literature. It is important to note that the complex issues relating to digital and electronic publishing lies outside the scope of this course. The learning objects and legal statements in the course have a universal value and are not substitute for national copyright legislation nor should they be used as a substitute for professional advice on specific legal issues.

100 hours  

Yes

DL-450 Intellectual Property Management

 

The course, Intellectual Property Management, focuses on intellectual property from the perspective of ‘why’ and ‘how’ for participants who have already covered the basics of ‘what’ Intellectual Property is. In the first three modules, it teaches about the economic significance of IP. Using management examples and established industry methodologies, it elaborates on IP asset identification, IP incubation, IP commercialization, IP valuation, and IP taxation. In the last three modules it offers an in-depth look at commercial activities in the digital area by looking at e-commerce and IP, digital management of creative works, and the strategic management of IP.

100 hours  

Yes

 

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