WIPO - UNIGE: Intellectual Property

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The University of Geneva, together with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), will organize the two-week course "WIPO-University of Geneva Summer School on Intellectual Property" (17-28 June 2024).

The Summer School usually takes place on campus during the first week at the WIPO Headquarters and during the second week on the premises of the University of Geneva Law School (Uni Mail).

The Summer School is open to approximately 80 senior students (graduate and postgraduate students) and young professionals from any field of study or discipline (from law to economics).


Credit : Copyright: WIPO. Photo: Emmanuel Berrod

The Summer School offers an invaluable education program in intellectual property (IP). Selected applicants will be notified three weeks after the registration deadline that shall be made online on the WIPO website, except for applicants from the University of Geneva who can apply for a free participation (see application and eligibility section)


Credit : Copyright: WIPO. Photo: Emmanuel Berrod


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.

Tuition fees:

  • Available on WIPO website

University of Geneva:



2024 Programme : Click here to download

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

Teona Kvirikashvili, Geneva, Switzerland - 2023 Edition

June of 2023 will always be memorable for me, specifically because that is when I attended the UNIGE-WIPO Summer School on Intellectual Property Law. 

Having studied law in Switzerland and Georgia I already knew quite a lot about IP law before attending the program, which is why I was not sure whether it would fully be worth the investment. Luckily my fears did not manifest and indeed the summer school lived up to expectations. For me personally the summer school delivered most value in terms of being very cutting edge and taking place partly at the premises of WIPO. 

I am writing my Ph.D. thesis on AI and IP topic, so it was especially important to have several presentations on the issue of my interest. I am pretty certain though that no matter what a specific interest of a person is, they will feel the exact same way since the program of the summer school is incredibly broad. 

Finally, something that I will always have with me, is of course the social aspect and relationships I managed to build up in these 2 weeks. I wholeheartedly recommend attending this summer school to anyone who is interested in IP and innovation.

Cindy Sotomayor, LEGAL POISE Propiedad Intelectual & Fashion Law, Peru - 2022 Edition

"I had the opportunity to be accepted to the WIPO-UNIGE Summer School on Intellectual Property organized by the University of Geneva and the World Intellectual Property Organization – WIPO, and it was the first step to learn more about the wonderful world of Intellectual Property, in this edition I was the only Peruvian who was present in the program but I am very sure that soon we will be more Latinos participating in this training experience. In the summer classes, I really liked pluralism and interculturality because this helped us a lot to enrich and strengthen our networking and see IP management from a global perspective.

On the other hand, to achieve the objectives of the program, we had excellent teachers, with a lot of experience and professional background, who provided us with a lot of knowledge that was reinforced through casuistry and debates. (I really wish they could read my testimony because I want them to know that I am very grateful to each one of them).

To conclude, I would like to emphasize that I was delighted to have participated in the WIPO-UNIGE Summer School, because all the effort and enthusiasm put forth by WIPO and the University of Geneva was always reflected. It has been a real pleasure to have met each of the members with whom I shared two wonderful weeks and I know that everything I have learned will bring us great value in our professional"

Posted on LinkedIn by Hamedani Sara Hamedani, 2021

Two consecutive weeks of WIPO-UNIGE Summer School on Intellectual Property came to an end last Friday in the blink of an eye. I can't believe that although the event was held virtually, we have been deeply engaged through group projects and discussion panels during these 2 weeks. A great opportunity and must go event for all IP enthusiasts to grasp high volume of data and academic resources on IP , to extend network and meet a lot of prominent IP scholars and professionals from all over the world. Without a doubt behind every productive event, there is a dedicated team working hardly, huge thanks to University of Geneva, World Intellectual Property Organization – WIPO, WIPO-UNIGE Summer School on Intellectual Property 2021 organizers; Irene Calboli, Jacques de Werra, Eugenia Huguenin-ElieNastassia Merlino for their genuine efforts and kind support even prior to the kick-off meeting until the last moment of closing reception. Furthermore, I want to express my gratitude to Sanaz Javadi Farahzadi for her awareness raising among Iranian academic community regarding the upcoming international academic events. Surprisingly this year, due to her support, Iranians constitute majority of participants. PS: It was a great pleasure to meet you all and work with you during the summer school and wishing you all the best: Lida Asadi, Fatemeh Mansouri, nesa vahedi, Fatemeh Zahra Talebi Lemraski, Arash Arkan, Daniela Soto Comte,Juliana C.; Kayra K.; Tamás Sajben; Sentao LI, Anna Poropat, Sohail Sarang, David Bernstein, Vritti Gulati

Posted on LinkedIn by Nicoletta Sonia Magnaghi, Italy – 2020

It was a pleasure and an honor to attend the 10th edition of the WIPO-UNIGE Summer School on Intellectual Property organized by the University of Geneva and the World Intellectual Property Organization – WIPO. Such an incredible opportunity during these troubled times to e-meet students and professionals from all over the world, to attend incredible lectures of the most outstanding experts in the field, and to gain invaluable knowledge.

Even if we were not physically in Geneva, it was still possible for us to interact thanks to the informal sessions and group activities. I am proud to be now part of the alumni community and I hope to meet all the participants and the organizers in the future.

I want to express my sincere gratitude to Professor Irene Calboli, Professor Jacques de Werra, Mr. Joe Bradley, and Ms. Hélène Bruderer for organizing this unique formative experience and to all the speakers for sharing their knowledge and time.

Posted on LinkedIn by Alejandro Ponce Rivera, Peru – 2020

It was a pleasure and an amazing experience to be part of the WIPO-UNIGE Summer School on Intellectual Property 2020. I had the opportunity to learn from excellent professors and professionals with over 100 participants from all around the world.

Thanks to an excellent organization of this digital version of the Summer School made by the University of Geneva, Digital Law Center, and the World Intellectual Property Organization – WIPO.

Specially thanks to Irene Calboli, Hélène Bruderer, Jacques de Werra, Joe Bradley, and to all the lecturers who made this Summer School and enriching experience.

Posted on LinkedIn by Jannefer Pelayo, Philippines – 2020
I am honored to have been part of the WIPO-UNIGE 2020 Summer Class for Intellectual Property. The classes were intense yes, but also very interesting and informative.

Special thanks to the team of the WIPO-UNIGE! Thank you Professor Irene Calboli, Professor Jacques de Werra, Professor Joe Bradley, Ms Hélène Bruderer, and many others who pushed through and made this year's online session such a success! Kudos!

Thank you heartily to all my classmates who were very supportive and kind. I've learned a lot from your interactions and questions with our professors. Despite the online/virtual nature of our classes, I'm glad to have met and studied with you all.

I still have a long way to go, but every little step counts. I count this one as a step and a half!

Posted on LinkedIn by Sravanti Pemmaraju, India – 2020
Having the opportunity to hear from some of the best in the field has been a surreal experience. From lectures to group discussions and presentations, we have had opportunities to explore avenues of intellectual property law and applying concepts to various case samples; it’s safe to say that two weeks is definitely not enough.

A little disappointed that it’s over, but so very glad to have learnt a lot.

Cheers to all the amazing people I’ve met over the past few days!

Heartfelt gratitude to all who made the summer school possible on the digital platform!

Special mention to Irene Calboli, Hélène Bruderer, Jacques de Werra, and Joe Bradley for their efforts and amazing lecture series!

Posted on LinkedIn by Ekaterina Alekseeva, Russia – 2020
I am so blessed to finish today the Summer School on Intellectual Property by World Intellectual Property Organization – WIPO and University of Geneva. Over 100 participants from all parts of the world joined together in 2 weeks of truly intensive online session. It was 10th Anniversary of WIPO-UNIGE summer school and the first time this course taught online. And it was my best experience during this difficult 2020 year.

I would highlight the quality of lectures, the engagement of students, the brilliant lecturers staff comprised from practitioners with broad experience and honored professors.

I say goodbye with a heavy heart, but I thank you with great appreciation, especially people who perfectly organized this difficult online session - Hélène Bruderer, Joe Bradley, Jacques de Werra and Irene Calboli. And Ana Andrijevic for being so attentive and helpful with final presentation of our group.

Hope to see all participants off-line!

Posted on LinkedIn by Lucas Valente, Argentina – 2020
Today was the last session of WIPO - UNIGE Summer School 2020, an amazing experience that I was able to share with over a hundred professionals from all around the world.

I feel so grateful for having been part of this Course despite the current COVID-19 situation. Taking it online was really challenging to all of us, but I think we could get the best out of it, thanks to an outstanding organization made by the Université de Genève and World Intellectual Property Organization – WIPO.

Thanks to all of the professors and lecturers, especially to Irene Calboli, Hélène Bruderer, Joe Bradley and Jacques de Werra for making this Summer School so interesting and unique!

Posted on LinkedIn by Sima Ghaffari, Iran  – 2020
Honored to be part of the two-week WIPO-University of Geneva Summer School on Intellectual Property. That was an outstanding experience. Learning never stops even during the COVID-19 pandemic!

Special thanks go to Irene Calboli, Joe Bradley, Christopher Bavitz, Hans Georg Bartels, Adrien Alberini, and other professors. Also, Jacques de Werra, I enjoyed every minute of your lecture on ADR in IP disputes.

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.