Free Online certificate course from WIPO Geneva on IPR

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  • DL101E20S3

    • Registration :  08-Jul-2020 –  16-Aug-2020
    • Course :  27-Jul-2020 –  21-Sep-2020
    • Next Exam :  20-Sep-2020 –  21-Sep-2020


his course builds on the concepts presented in DL-001 – Intellectual Property Primer. It provides a more in-depth view of the fundamentals of IP law, and is considered as indispensable to pursue more advanced courses of study on specific areas of IP law.


The DL-101 course is comprised of the following modules and final exam:

  • Guide to Studying the Course
  • Module 1: Introduction to IP
  • Module 2: Copyright
  • Module 3: Related Rights
  • Module 4: Trademarks
  • Module 5: Geographical Indications
  • Module 6: Industrial Design
  • Module 7: Patents
  • Module 8: Unfair Competition
  • Module 9: WIPO Treaties
  • Module 10: Protection of New Varieties of Plants
  • Module 11: Introduction to Traditional Knowledge, Traditional Cultural Expressions and Genetic Resources
  • Module 12: IP and Development
  • Module 13: Summary and Discussion on Intellectual Property Rights
  • Final Exam

Self-assessment tools are strategically placed throughout each module to assist participants with gauging their respective levels of knowledge and progress, as well as their ability to apply the concepts and facts presented within the course.

Academic support is provided throughout each module by experienced tutors who are expert practitioners in the field of IP.

Final Exam and Certificate

The final exam for this course is comprised of a series of multiple choice questions. A fixed amount of time is allocated for participants to complete and submit the exam on-line. Participants are contacted regarding modalities for accessing the final exam approximately one week prior to the deadline for completion of the DL-101 course.

Participants who pass the DL-101 final exam are awarded an electronic certificate of course completion.


This course is open to individuals who are/will be employed in the field of administration of intellectual property rights; those seeking general knowledge of IP; and those who generate various forms of IP and seek a deeper understanding of the effective management and protection of IPRs.

Basic Information

  • Venue : Online
  • Language : English
  • Duration : 55 hours
  • Tutored : Yes
  • Certificate : Yes
  • Cost :  Free of charge
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Current session


  • Registration :  08-Apr-2020 –  31-May-2020
  • Course :  11-May-2020 –  06-Jul-2020
  • Next Exam :  05-Jul-2020 –  06-Jul-2020

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free certificate course on IPR from WIPO Geneva

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PCT_101E – DL101PCT Distance Learning Course: Introduction to the Patent Cooperation Treaty

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  • Venue : Online
  • Language : English
  • Duration : 4 hours
  • Certificate : Yes
  • Cost :  Free of charge
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The DL101PCT course provides an introduction and general overview of the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), an international system that facilitates the acquisition of patents on a global scale.

The course was developed by WIPO specialists on the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT), using the pedagogical and distance learning methodology of the WIPO Academy. Self-assessment tools are strategically placed throughout the course to measure your understanding and progress. In addition to the course material, links to specific reference documents are provided, such as legal texts and other official WIPO documents.

The content and methodology of all “General Primer” courses are structured to complement self-directed learning.  As such, participants are able to review course material at their own pace.


The DL101PCT course is comprised of fourteen modules:

  • Module 1: What is the PCT?
  • Module 2: Why Use the PCT?
  • Module 3: Preparing the PCT Application
  • Module 4: Filing the PCT Application
  • Module 5: PCT Electronic Services
  • Module 6: Patent Agents and Common Representatives
  • Module 7: International Search Report and Written Opinion of the ISA
  • Module 8: International Publication
  • Module 9: International Preliminary Examination
  • Module 10: Entry into the National Phase
  • Module 11: Special International Phase Procedures
  • Module 12: Procedures for Inventions in the Field of Biotechnology
  • Module 13: Access by Third Parties to the File of a PCT Application
  • Module 14: PCT Outlook

Final Exam and Certificate

This course is entirely self-study. An electronic certificate may be generated upon successful completion of the course quizzes.


This course is open to any individual wishing to obtain a general understanding of the PCT system.

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Free online course on Human Rights

About this course

Course Summary

Human rights are a complex issue. Their protection and promotion involve a number of actors: from international organisations to local communities, from governments to civil society. Human rights affect all aspects of our life, as individuals (as women, men, children, refugees, workers…) and as members of a community. This MOOC provides students with critical knowledge concerning the norms, institutions and procedures tasked to promote and protect human rights. Students will acquire the knowledge needed to actively join the global debate on fundamental rights and to avail themselves of the existing legal and institutional tools set up for their implementation. The MOOC introduces to the human rights legal framework in a multi-disciplinary and multi-level perspective, helping students to approach real-life scenarios with competence and cultural and ethical awareness.

What do I learn?

Students are expected to acquire a sound knowledge of the international system of human rights protection, and of the opportunities for human rights promotion and protection that are practically available at the national and local levels. The skills acquired can be preparatory for further specialisation on this subject. Finally, students will be able to apply the acquired knowledge and skills to real scenarios, including in relation to their everyday life.

What do I need to know?

The MOOC is mainly addressed to people from all over the world who have a background in political science, international relations and/or international law. The course, however, includes a general introductory chapter explaining the main issues, concepts and scenarios at stake. For this reason the MOOC is also open to people actively engaged on the ground that do not have a specific academic or educational background.

Course Structure

Chapter 1 – The basics The Chapter aims to introduce the course and starts addressing (and providing some preliminary answers) some basic questions: What are human rights? Who is involved in their protection? Why are human rights a global priority? How can effectively be protected?

Chapter 2 – The UN and human rights The focus is on the evolution of the UN commitment in human rights protection based on three pillars: positivisation, monitoring and mainstreaming.

Chapter 3 – The UN human rights machinery The analysis deals with the UN mechanisms for the protection of human rights at the global level. Special attention will be given to the role of the Human Rights Council and the Universal Periodic Review.

Chapter 4 – The European system for the promotion and protection of human rights The Chapter starts looking into the promotion and protection of human rights at regional (continental or sub-continental) levels. In particular, the European system will be presented highlighting the respective roles of the European Union, the Council of Europe, and the OSCE and their capacity to interplay and possibly complement each other.

Chapter 5 – Regional systems for the promotion and protection of human rights in Africa, Asia and the Americas The other regional systems investigated in this chapter are those operating in the framework of regional organisations in the Americas (the Organisation of American States), in Africa (the African Union), in the Arab world (the League of Arab States), as well as in South-East Asia (the ASEAN).

Chapter 6 – Human rights in conflict and post-conflict contexts The focus shifts to the national level, in particular to situations of armed conflict and to post-conflict scenarios. Issues related to the standards and procedures of International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law are also tackled.

Chapter 7 – Human rights promotion and protection at the National and sub-national level This Chapter addresses a number of issues related to the role of National Human Rights Institutions and other actors involved in human rights policies nationwide and at the local/community levels, such as local governments and municipalities.

Chapter 8 – The driving forces of human rights promotion: the role of civil society The Chapter focuses on civil society organisations and networks. The analysis looks into the multifaceted strategies carried out by non-state actors, especially in relation to the international instances of human rights protection.

Chapter 9 – Conclusions: perspectives on global human rights A summary and discussion of the multi-level dimensions of human rights protection dealt with in the previous chapters. This final segment provides some closing critical reflections on the questions set forth in Chapter 1.

Mid –term homework At the end of chapter 4, the instructions for homework will be released: homework must be submitted by the end of chapter 6 (2 weeks). Homework consists of writing a communication or a petition addressed to one of the monitoring bodies studied in the first four chapters. The aim is to familiarise students with the tools of human rights protection mechanisms. The texts will be evaluated using a peer review methodology.

Final homework At the end of chapter 8, the instructions for homework will be released: homework must be submitted in 2 weeks. Students will be asked to write, using a simplified form, a project addressing a human rights related issue that is challenging their town, territory, home country and likely to be taken up by governmental or non-governmental agencies.

Within each chapter, the MOOC offers tailored case-studies, interviews with field experts, officers and academics.


Approximately 4 hours per week for watching video lectures, taking quizzes, completing homework and reading the material provided.

UNIPD Founded in 1222, the University of Padova is one of Europe’s oldest and most prestigious seats of learning: it is a multidisciplinary university, which aims to provide its students with both professional training and a solid cultural background. A qualification from the University of Padova is a symbol of having achieved an ambitious objective, one that is recognised and coveted by both students and employers alike.

If you want to know more about the University of Padova, visit its website.

HRC The Human Rights Centre of the University of Padova is the first established (in 1982) specialised structure dedicated to human rights in the framework of an Italian University, and one of the oldest in Europe. The Centre hosts the UNESCO Chair in Human rights, democracy and peace – its chair-holder being prof. Antonio Papisca – and the European Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence Intercultural dialogue, human rights and multi-level governance. It edits the Italian Yearbook of Human Rights and manages the Archive Peace Human Rights, a web portal on human rights funded by the Region of Veneto.

The Centre supports the master’s degree in Human Rights and Multi-Level Governance at the University of Padova, and the postgraduate courses of the EU-backed EIUC (the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation in Venice).

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Free online course on “Workers’ Rights in a Global Economy”

free course on : Governance and Policy Advice

About this course

Course Summary

Political decisions are of course made by governments and/or parliaments. But who provides these bodies with the information they need and shows them the strategic options they have? Who frames political action before the wider public even takes notice of the issue? How does political agenda setting work and what do certain policy outcomes tell us about the future of the issue at stake?
This course is designed to outline key features of policy advice and political consulting and their impact on governance.
We will observe the key players on the spot as well as those behind the scenes and we will analyze their patterns of interaction. Moreover, we will provide insights regarding essential questions to which there are no single right answers: What role does policy advice play in different democracies? What is good policy advice? What makes an expert? In sum: Whom do (and should) politicians and society listen to, and what do (and should) they make of the advice they receive?

What do I learn?

By the end of the course, students will know the key concepts of policy advice as well as the main actors in the field and their patterns of interaction. They will understand how and by whom a certain political decision is framed, shaped and implemented. And they will be able to apply this knowledge to a given political event which may affect their own professional or personal life. So, first and foremost, they will be able to ask the right questions.

What do I need to know?

The course is designed to cater for students and professionals who are interested in decision making, political communication, policy advice, and consulting. Course participants are expected to follow current politics and to be keen on looking at the matter from different (and sometimes unusual) perspectives. Basic knowledge in political science would be an asset.

Course Structure

Chapter 1        Introduction and Course Overview
Convener: Prof. Dr. Andrea Römmele, Professor for Communication in Politics & Civil Society, Hertie School of Governance

Chapter 2        Truth to Power? Scientific Advisers Seeking Truth, Decision-Makers Seeking Power?
Convener: PD Dr. Martin Thunert, Senior Lecturer, Heidelberg Center for American Studies, University of Heidelberg

Chapter 3        Political Communication and Political Consulting
Convener: Prof. Dr. Andrea Römmele, Professor for Communication in Politics & Civil Society, Hertie School of Governance

Chapter 4        Economic and Financial Policy
Convener: Prof. Dr. Thomas König, Chair of Political Science, University of Mannheim

Chapter 5        Social Policy
Convener: Prof. Dr. Kent Weaver, Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and Professor of Public Policy and Government at Georgetown University

Chapter 6        Foreign and Security Policy
Convener: Dr. Nicole Renvert, Research Fellow, German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP – Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik)

Chapter 7        Energy and Environment
Convener: Prof. Dr. Karen Smith Stegen, KAEFER Professor of Renewable Energy and Environmental Politics, Jacobs University, Bremen

Chapter 8        Policy Advice and International Cooperation
Convener: Katharina Hübner, Senior Manager, Division Good Governance and Human Rights, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Chapter 9        Citizens’ Involvement in Policy Advice
Convener: Henrik Schober, Head Editor, Zeitschrift für Politikberatung (Journal for Political Consulting and Policy Advice), Hertie School of Governance

Chapter 10        Best Practices: Guidelines for Policy Advice?
Convener: Prof. Dr. Andrea Römmele, Professor for Communication in Politics & Civil Society, Hertie School of Governance


Approx. 3 hours per week and exam preparation

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Free Certificate Course on Political Philosophy: An Introduction

About this course

Course Summary

This course is designed as a vocabulary of the main terms used by all of us when talking about local as well as world politics; terms which we often use without a proper awareness of their meanings and connections, a circumstance not exactly helpful to any attempt at understanding how politics really works, regardless of our wishful thinking or simplistic morality or easy cynicism.

Now, if we want to get deeper into the workings of politics – the only serious starting point for those who want to reform it – we must agree to begin with very abstract notions, that is with the general definitions of what politics, conflict, power (incl. force/violence), and what legitimate power mean (Part 1: What is Politics?). On these premises we will then explain the still main political institution, the state, and peer into the dynamics of war and peace that has dominated the relationships between the states (Part 2: How Does Politics Work?). Since with economic globalization, which has restricted the room for political action, things are getting much more complicated on the planet, and more challenging outside of it (man-made climate change starts in the atmosphere), classical notions have to be rethought. The very nature of the threats endangering our global commons does not leave the definition of politics (Part 3: World Politics and the Future).
This course does not aim at communicating any ‘message’ as to how politics ought to be, but it will obviously try to clarify the main concepts – freedom, equality, justice – we make use of while talking about values and principles in politics; this is what is called ‘normative political philosophy’ and is regarded here as an important chapter of political philosophy, not the whole of it (Part 4: Ethics and Politics).

What will I learn?

At the end of the course you may have achieved a clearer and less confused awareness of the political vocabulary, thus gaining a more complex, more autonomous and more critical understanding of political processes. If you are a student of political science, law, sociology and economics you may get better tools for catching the overarching sense of processes that you do otherwise approach in a fragmented perspective.

What do I have to know?

Due to my conceptual approach, to follow this course you do not need a prior knowledge of philosophy or political science, just the degree of general culture needed to pass the final high school exam, be it Abitur, maturità, baccalauréat or 高考(gao kao).

Course Structure

Chapter     Topic
Chapter 1        Aim and method of the course. General information. Two definitions of politics.
Chapter 2        Disassembling the classical definition, and its components: Conflict, (Legitimate) Power, Force.
Chapter 3        Questions about power. A word on political philosophy.
Chapter 4        The subjective side of politics, legitimacy, political identity and political obligation.
Chapter 5        Political order, political institutions, models of order: From Aristotle to Hegel.
Chapter 6        The (modern) state. Basic thoughts on democracy.
Chapter 7        The states: Power, peace, and war in the anarchical society.
Chapter 8        Globalization and global governance.
Chapter 9        Global challenges and politics after modernity.
Chapter 10        Liberty and equality.
Chapter 11        Justice.
Chapter 12        Ethics and politics in modernity.


My teaching method aims primarily at defining and discussing concepts, not at illustrating authors or providing historical narratives; needless to say, there will be enough reference to authors, books, events and processes, in particular with regard to the evolution of political modernity. For each of the twelve lectures of about 30-40′, which will be presented in shorter units, you may need three more hours of homework to do additional readings and – more importantly – to perform additional reflection.

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