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Judiciaries and Intellectual Property

WIPO empowers judiciaries to fulfill their vital role in ensuring that intellectual property (IP), innovation and creative ecosystems are balanced and effective.

The WIPO Judicial Institute and relevant WIPO sectors work with judges from around the world to create a space for dialogue and exchange of information and practices, to deliver capacity building activities, to produce in-depth resources on topics of relevance to the global judiciary, and to provide free and open access to IP-related legal knowledge to everyone through the WIPO Lex database.

WIPO Advisory Board of Judges

Our work is guided by an Advisory Board of Judges who represent broad geographical and technical coverage. Members serve in their personal capacity for two year terms.

  • Nehad AL HUSSBAN, President, Amman Court of First Instance, Jordan
  • Olayinka FAJI, Justice, Federal High Court of Nigeria
  • Ángel GALGO PECO, President, Commercial Law Section, Court of Appeal of Madrid, Spain
  • Dedar Singh GILL, High Court Judge, Supreme Court of Singapore
  • Hugo Ramiro GÓMEZ APAC, President, Court of Justice of the Andean Community
  • Rian KALDEN, Presiding Judge, Second Panel of the Court of Appeal, Unified Patent Court (Chair of the Advisory Board)
  • Zane PĒTERSONE, Judge, Supreme Court of Latvia
  • Jimmie V. REYNA, Circuit Judge, Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, United States of America
  • ZHU Li, Deputy Chief Judge, Intellectual Property Court of Supreme People’s Court of China

Email updates

The WIPO Docket Newsletter – Receive updates by email on news and events relating to WIPO’s work to support judiciaries, and resources relevant to the judicial administration of IP disputes worldwide.

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Transnational judicial dialogue on IP

WIPO creates global platforms for exchange of experiences and expertise among national and regional judiciaries.


WIPO IP Judges Forum


WIPO Webinars for Judges

IP publications and other resources for judiciaries

WIPO provides publications and other resource tools that promote in-depth understanding of topics of relevance to the global IP judiciary.

Other IP resources for judiciaries

Judicial capacity-building initiatives on IP

WIPO works with national judicial authorities to provide holistic and tailored capacity building support to increase the IP knowledge and skills of judges.

Distance Learning Course on IP for Judges

The WIPO Academy offers judicial education on IP based on the Academy’s general distance learning course on IP (DL-101).

WIPO judicial capacity-building activities on IP

WIPO capacity-building activities in the field of the judicial administration of intellectual property.

Non-WIPO events for judges

Selected events for judges organized by WIPO member states and observers.

WIPO Lex - IP legal information

Through the WIPO Lex database WIPO provides free and open access to legal information on IP from around the world, including IP laws and regulations, IP-related treaties, and judicial decisions on IP.

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Topics and issues

Private international law

IP infringements routinely impact on multiple territories, resulting in questions of jurisdiction, applicable law, and enforcement and recognition of foreign judgments.

A closer look at specialized intellectual property courts

Whilst not obligatory, there is a trend to specialize or centralize the handling of certain types of IP disputes. When is it advantageous or necessary to establish specialized IP courts?

3D printing, the Maker Revolution, IP litigation and legal reform

Although personal 3D printing has not developed as anticipated, industrial 3D printing is playing a bigger role in advanced manufacturing. Professor Matthew Rimmer takes a look at recent developments in IP litigation and policy with respect to 3D printing.