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Continuing Judicial Education on IP

The general distance learning course on IP for judges


Panel meeting on the development of the General Course on Intellectual Property for Judges. From left to right: Samuel Granata, Judge, Court of Appeal, Antwerp, Belgium; Annabelle Bennett, Former Judge, Federal Court of Australia, Sydney, Australia; Wang Yanfang, Judge, Intellectual Property Trial Division of the Supreme People’s Court of China, Beijing, China; Bassem Awad, Deputy Director for Intellectual Property and Innovation - Judge at the Appeal Court, Toronto, Canada; Luis Diez Canseco Núñez, Former President, Court of Justice of the Andean Community, Lima, Peru; Maria Rowena Modesto-San Pedro, Presiding Judge, Regional Trial Court, Manila, Philippines; Louis T.C. Harms, Former Deputy President, Supreme Court of Appeal, Bloemfontein, South Africa.

The WIPO Academy offers continuing judicial education based on the Academy’s general distance learning course on IP (DL-101). The version available for members of the judiciary has been developed and reviewed by a panel of experienced judges representing different regions and legal traditions.

The Distance Learning (DL) course on IP for judges is accessible worldwide and comprised of the following modules:

  • Module 1: Introduction to intellectual property (IP) rights
  • Module 2: Copyright and related rights
  • Module 3: Trademarks
  • Module 4: Patents
  • Module 5: Geographical indications
  • Module 6: Trade secrets / undisclosed information
  • Module 7: Industrial design
  • Module 8: Other topics on IP
  • Modular assessments
  • Certificate

The online course is part of a comprehensive, multipurpose and customized train-the-trainer(s) service consisting of the DL course, face-to-face trainings and access to cases and reference materials. The full service, which builds on the general distance learning course on IP for judges, can be offered at the request of Member States.

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Basic information

  • Duration : 75 Hours
  • Tutored : No
  • Certificate : Yes
  • Cost :  Free of charge  
  • Course administrator :

Current session


  • Registration : 28-Feb-2019
  • Course : 04-Dec-2018 ― 09-Jun-2019
  • Exam : 01-Jun-2019 ― 09-Jun-2019

Customized general distance learning courses on IP for judges

The WIPO Academy develops tailor-made modular continuing education and training content on IP, taking into consideration the identified needs and priorities of the beneficiary countries.

The customized learning content includes national laws, landmark court decisions on IP and other information requested by the beneficiary country. To ensure its sustainability, the program is implemented in cooperation with the relevant national judicial training institutions of the countries involved.

Pilot countries

Face-to-face training

Face-to-face training sessions are organized for the Member States engaged in customizing the content of the general distance learning course on IP for judges. The participants of the face-to-face training gain knowledge on the main areas of IP and on basic training methodologies. An important aspect of the face-to-face training is the practical methodology deployed for the trained judges to train other judges. They are also offered the opportunity to practice the acquired knowledge through discussing selected court decisions and participating in "training" experiences.

Training of trainers


Judge-to-judge training is one of the key outcomes achieved through the creation of several electronic communities of practice. The electronic communities of practice are accessible to the judges through the DL discussion fora and the dedicated networks for the exchange of information, experience sharing and peer-to-peer learning established on the WIPO Academy platform.