WIPO - UNIGE: Intellectual Property

The University of Geneva organized with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) the ninth edition of the WIPO-University of Geneva Summer School on Intellectual Property (Geneva, 24 June – 5 July 2019).
The Summer School took place during the first week (24 – 28 June 2019) at the WIPO headquarters, and during the second week (1 – 5 July 2019) at Unimail in the premises of the Faculty of Law of the University of Geneva.

Credit : Copyright: WIPO. Photo: Emmanuel Berrod

60 advanced students and young professionals, with diverse backgrounds (from law to biology), coming from more than 20 different countries attended the program.

During this year’s edition, the second IP researchers Europe Conference (IPRE) organised by the University of Geneva jointly with WIPO and the World Trade Organization (WTO) took place together with an ALUMNI event gathering more than 40 alummi from the WIPO-UNIGE Summer School on IP. Both events allowed in depth exchange between participants from the Summer School, scholars and alumni.

Summer School Objective:

The objective of the Summer School is to provide an opportunity for advanced students or young professionals to acquire deeper knowledge of Intellectual Property (IP), and to gain an appreciation of IP as a tool for economic, social, cultural and technological development and the role WIPO plays in the global administration of IP.

The Summer School program covers all main areas of IP (namely, patent law, trademarks, designs and copyright) through a pragmatic, interactive approach. Lecturers are IP experts at WIPO, the University of Geneva, or other institutions.

University of Geneva:

Prof. Jacques de Werra, Faculty of Law, University of Geneva

Dr Yaniv Benhamou, Faculty of Law, University of Geneva

Hélène Bruderer, Coordinator, Faculty of Law, University of Geneva


WIPO Summer school coordinator: summerschool.geneva@wipo.int

Download the full programm of the 2018edition (pdf)

Programs of previous editions of the WIPO-Unige Summer School are available at:

Note: Changes to the draft program may be made at any time prior to the start of the course.

Levente Szegedi - 2018

Excellent opportunity...

"Open-mindedness, cultural diversity, various academic and professional backgrounds among participants, top speakers, two venues, a well-organized programme, and the common interest in intellectual property all adds up and creates an inspiring environment for the amazing two week WIPO-UNIGE Summer School on IP.

Excellent opportunity to gain an overview of IP Law on an international level with a practical and global approach."

Emma Kobayashi - 2018

... excellent for those who are fascinated by IP with global mind

Valuable experience of two weeks at WIPO/UNIGE IP summer school – learning from and discussing with talented colleagues from all over the world and diverse IP experts working at various renowned organizations. This is excellent for those who are fascinated by IP with global mind!

Oksana POPRUGA – 2018

Outstanding speakers ... Highly recommended!

The WIPO/UNIGE Summer School on IP has been a remarkable professional experience. Excellent entry point into the complicated and cross-cutting world of the IP. Good balance of birds-view background/case study material from around the world. Interaction with the fantastic Summer School team and outstanding speakers is an extra advantage versus the distance learning programmes. Highly recommended.

Mehek KAPOOR - 2018

Absolutely fantastic Summer Programme!

Absolutely fantastic Summer Programme! Exchange of opinions, great discussions and group activities, excellent speakers! The UNIGE-WIPO Summer School is the perfect event to get a complete overview of the current International Intellectual Property Law and Policy!

Bunchai CHAMNANPRAI – 2018

... enthusiastic participants

WIPO-UNIGE IP Summer School gathers sharing knowledge, wider perspectives and unique contributions among enthusiastic participants and the team of experienced speakers and facilitators.

Grace AGUILAR -2017

Enriching experience

Being part of the WIPO Summer School 2017 was an enriching experience as it allowed me to learn and discuss about all current IP issues with people from other countries who have different academic and professional backgrounds and exchange points of view with them. It was also an opportunity to know how IP is managed in other countries and on an international level.