WIPO-WTO colloquiums for intellectual property teachers

Since 2004, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) have jointly organized annual two-week colloquiums for teachers of intellectual property from developing countries and countries with economies in transition. The aim is to help the teachers become more aware of the Geneva institutions, negotiations and other activities dealing with intellectual property law and policy, and to strengthen their countries’ independent research, policy analysis and teaching in international intellectual property law with its diverse policy contexts. Building on the success of the annual colloquium, WIPO and the WTO have held since 2017 an annual regionally-focussed colloquium, which aims to take a closer look at specific regional trends and strengthen academic networks.

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Latest news




Application for the 17th WIPO-WTO Colloquium for Teachers of Intellectual Property was closed on 30th March 2020. 

WIPO and the WTO acknowledge with appreciation the large response to their invitation for participation in the Colloquium.

Following the latest developments regarding COVID-19 around the world, and preventive measures put in place to prevent the spread of this disease, the organizers at WIPO and the WTO have decided to postpone the Colloquium, which was initially scheduled to take place in Geneva, Switzerland from 15-26 June 2020, until further notice. 

The applications will be reviewed shortly and selected participants will be informed regarding their participation and new dates of the Colloquium in due course.

Unfortunately, it will not be possible to respond to each candidate that is not selected. We, however, take this opportunity to thank each of you for the interest shown in this program.


WIPO Director-General Francis Gurry

WTO Director-General Roberto Azevŕdo

Statements from the WIPO and WTO directors-general: The WIPO-WTO Colloquium for Teachers of Intellectual Property has become a central feature of the burgeoning cooperation between the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the World Trade Organization (WTO) on practical capacity building. Enhancing this cooperation is particularly crucial in light of the two organizations’ mandates and ongoing efforts to ensure that development considerations are an integral part of their work. More …

WTO IP Division Director Antony Taubman

WIPO Academy Executive Director Mr. Sherif Saadallah

Statements from the WTO IP Division director and WIPO Academy director: Intellectual property has entered a period of unprecedented globalization, international institution-building, and a deepened understanding of the centrality of a balanced and effective intellectual property system in development.  The period has also precipitated a wide-ranging inquiry about how to adapt and apply intellectual property to benefit countries that are highly diverse in their economic, social and technological make-up, in their developmental priorities, and in their legal and commercial systems. More … back to top

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