WIPO Academy

The WIPO Academy is the center of excellence for intellectual property (IP) education, training and skills-building for WIPO member states, in particular developing countries, least-developed countries (LDCs) and countries in transition. The Academy works to help build human capacity in IP, which is essential to innovation and creativity.

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IP training and skills-building programs

Our four programs cover a rich portfolio of both general and specialized courses on IP delivered through a combination of face-to-face and distance learning methodologies. All WIPO Academy offerings are taught by IP experts.

Our course catalog outlines the content of each course and program, which can have specific application procedures, all of which are outlined in our eLearning Center online course catalog as well as in our PDF course catalog PDF, WIPO Academy Course Catalogue 2022.

How do we deliver our programs?

Our online training is delivered through a modern eLearning platform called the WIPO eLearning Center.

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WIPO professional development program

Skills-based specialized IP training for government and public sector officials, organized in partnership with institutions around the world, including national IP offices, for career development certifications.

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WIPO distance learning program

Online and hybrid IP courses at introductory, advanced and executive levels in more than ten languages. Participants can follow general or specialized online courses on copyright and industrial property, including on topics such as trademarks, industrial designs, geographical indications and patents.

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WIPO university partnerships

Joint Master's Degrees in IP, offered in partnership with prestigious universities around the world, and other support for IP higher education, including teaching and research through colloquia, conferences and a networking platform.

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WIPO summer schools

Short IP courses held in-person and in hybrid format with partners all over the world, targeting university students and young professionals. Participants get the opportunity to gain practical experience from leading industry experts, academics and public sector officials about the relationship between IP and policy, technology, and socio-economic development.


As a key tool for development, the Academy has close links with the Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP), and has completed a number of CDIP projects, which are now mainstreamed into its activities and are aimed at further supporting IP capacity building. The Academy also runs other projects such as the IP4Youth&Teachers service under the distance learning program.

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Continuing judicial IP education

Cooperating with judicial institutions to enable them to provide training in the area of IP.


IP training institutions

Assisting member states to establish their own IP training capacity through national IP training institutions.

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A service to kick-start teachers and learners on their path to creativity and IP education in primary and secondary schools.

WIPO Academy community

Since its establishment in 1998, the WIPO Academy has continuously built a large community of partners, alumni, and IP experts who have contributed to its ongoing success.


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Community stories

WIPO’s COVID-19 response package

The WIPO Academy supports member states in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic and building back better in their economic recovery, including through:

  • Organizing new capacity building projects with IP offices and IP Training Institutions to sustainably enhance the skills of key actors in the IP ecosystem, especially from sectors playing pivotal roles in contributing to national growth and economic recovery post-pandemic.
  • Offering scholarships and fee exemptions to participants from developing countries, LDCs, and countries in transition, including for programs focusing on IP and public health.
  • Cooperating with Harvard Law School to launch the new PatentX course, examining the complex relationships between IP and public health.
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WIPO Academy publications, reports and other resources

The WIPO Academy Review

A highlight of the Academy’s achievements in 2020 and 2021.

Access report

WIPO / KIPO Funds-in-Trust

Republic of Korea Funds-in-Trust for Intellectual Property Education