On June 1, 2010, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) will launch the nineth edition of the Master Program (LLM) in intellectual property, jointly offered by the WIPO Worldwide Academy and the University of Turin, in cooperation with the International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITC / ILO).
The working language of the Master program is English. It is structured in three different cycles stretching over 9 months, from June 2010 to February 2011:
• the first cycle (from June to August 2010) consists of distance learning programs via the Internet;
• the second cycle is based on face–to–face classes held in Turin (Italy) from September to December 2010 (“the residential part of the program”);
• the third cycle, stretching from December 2010 to February 2011, involves the writing and finalization of a research paper whose preparation will have commenced during the second cycle.
The Master Program is designed for young professionals who already have a grounding in intellectual property (IP) and wish to acquire the skills required to play a leading role in that area, through exposure to an international and comparative approach. The curriculum aims to provide an in-depth examination of all fields of intellectual property and is taught by leading academicians, legal practitioners and IP experts drawn from various universities around the world. It includes a 10-day study visit to WIPO headquarters in Geneva, during which students follow a number of lectures and have an opportunity to meet officials from WIPO and other international organizations.
Upon satisfactory completion of the Course, students will receive a Diploma (“Master of Laws Degree in Intellectual Property”) jointly awarded and signed by the WIPO Worldwide Academy and the University of Turin.
With a view to contributing to the development of human resources in the field of IP in developing countries and countries in transition to a market economy, WIPO will offer scholarships to 18 persons originating from those countries and are highly motivated to participate in this Course (each scholarship includes air ticket, accommodation and full board at the campus of the ITC / ILO in Turin and registration fees). Persons to be awarded the scholarships should primarily be teachers of intellectual property or those desiring to teach IP in a university or other higher school of learning or Research and Development institution (although some exceptions of deserving candidates may be made).
Applicants must hold a four-year degree in law, economics, engineering, medicine, physics, chemistry, communication sciences or business administration. Excellent knowledge of English is required.
Any person fulfilling the above mentioned requirements and wishing to benefit from WIPO sponsorship to participate in this program is invited to send to the WIPO Worldwide Academy, no later than March 15, 2010, a duly completed application form, detailed curriculum vitae, copies of university diploma and transcript, and any other appropriate supporting documents. Upon receipt of all the above mentioned documents, due consideration will be given to candidatures for admission to the program during the selection process.
The application deadline has passed and successful candidates have been notified directly.
Unfortunately, on this occasion it will not be possible to respond to each participant that was not selected. We however, take this opportunity to thank each of you for the interest shown in this program.
For more information about the Master Program, you may consult the General Information brochure and/or visit the background information prepared by the University of Turin on: