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IP Training Institutions

The WIPO Academy helps member states set up Intellectual Property Training Institutions (IPTIs), to meet their local intellectual property (IP) training and skills-building needs in a scalable and cost-effective way.

The IPTIs first launched in 2010 after a recommendation from the Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP). Since then, this tailor-made sustainable model of capacity building is one of WIPO’s most in-demand services.

How do the IPTIs work?

Through the IPTIs, WIPO Academy supports member states in setting up their own training centers. This is achieved by:

  • Equipping national or regional trainers with the teaching and technical skills needed to deliver programs targeted to key audiences such as small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), women and the youth;
  • Designing a strategic business plan for the centers’ operation;
  • Guiding partners on the design and delivery of impactful training programs in innovative formats;
  • Offering IP resources and materials for setting-up IP libraries; and
  • Helping them build an online presence.

Each IPTI takes approximately two years and a half to be set up but most already start providing training during the second year of the process. Established IPTIs organize regular trainings, often for SMEs in the technological sector, the food and gastronomy industries, and agri-production. Some IPTIs also provide training on IP monetization and commercialization for entrepreneurs. All IPTI training opportunities are regularly advertised on the IPTIs’ events calendar.

Once established, WIPO continues to provide support to the IPTIs for developing, designing, and implementing training projects, programs, and services that serve common needs, or provide spaces for IPTIs’ to collaborate and network.

Quick facts


The WIPO Academy trained 1000+ trainers through 120+ training of trainers (ToT) modules

19 IPTIs were established and offered 9,000 activities

For 520,000 participants


Of which, 53% are women

How to request for an IPTI?

A request to the WIPO Academy for the establishment of an IPTI must be made through an official government authority such as the national IP office.

The WIPO Academy’s approach to setting up an IPTI is project-based. After receiving an official request, the WIPO Academy follows a process outlined in the steps below:

  1. The WIPO Academy undergoes preparatory work and an assessment to identify the IP education needs in the requesting country or region.
  2. An agreement is signed by WIPO and the relevant government authorities.
  3. The agreement is used to develop a strategy and work plan to tailor the project to national or regional needs, resources, and priorities.
  4. The strategy and work plan are implemented with the support of the WIPO Academy.
  5. The IPTI is launched to the public and starts delivering IP training at the national or regional level.
  6. The impact of the IPTI is monitored and evaluations are organized with the close involvement of the WIPO Academy.
  7. The WIPO Academy provides follow-up cooperation to the established IPTI as needed.

Are you a government authority that is interested in setting up a national or regional IPTI? Or are you a current IPTI partner institution seeking follow-up support?

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IPTI Impact Stories

The established IPTIs have empowered many local beneficiaries by equipping them with the IP knowledge and skills they needed to upscale their businesses and benefit from their creative endeavors.