Issue 67 | April 18, 2003
IP Staff Development: WIPO Offers "General Course on Intellectual Property" Via the Internet
 The World Intellectual Property Organization is offering a free, nine-part course, entitled "General Course on Intellectual Property", that covers copyright, related rights, patents, trademarks, geographical indications, industrial design, international registration systems, unfair competition, and protection of new varieties of plants. These modules are complemented with a study guide, a general introduction to intellectual property, an essay on the economic value of intellectual property rights, and a glossary. The course requires approximately 50 hours of study time that can be spaced over a period of six weeks. It includes self-assessment questions, a final exam, and mechanisms for student-teacher interaction (through e-mail).

Training takes place in the virtual environment of the WIPO Worldwide Academy website at http://academy.wipo.int. A network of tutors in various regions of the world supports students during their work. Students and teachers can interact as often as necessary during the course, because communication takes place through electronic mail. At the end of the program, students receive a certificate acknowledging completion of the course.

In addition to IP Offices, groups such as lawyers, patent agents, engineers, economists, journalists, and particularly students in university programs can benefit from the Academy's tailor-made courses, addressing general and specific IP issues. For information on this and other WIPO Distance Learning courses, go to http://www.wipo.int/academy/en/dl101/courses/index.htm or feel free to contact the author of this article, Bill Heinze, at Thomas, Kayden, Horstemeyer & Risley.

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