What is WIPO South Afrca Summer School

The Summer School program provides an opportunity to senior students and young professionals to acquire deeper knowledge of each domain of intellectual property (IP) and of the role and functions of WIPO.

What is WIPO?

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is the global forum for intellectual property (IP) services, policy, information and cooperation. We are a self-funding agency of the United Nations, with 193 member states.

Our mission is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international IP system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all. Our mandate, governing bodies and procedures are set out in the WIPO Convention, which established WIPO in 1967.

The program consists of lectures, case studies, simulation exercises and group discussions on selected IP topics, with an orientation towards the interface between IP and other disciplines.

Conditions for the grant of the certificate of participation
A certificate of participation is awarded to participants who successfully complete the program requirements. To receive a certificate of participation, participants will be expected to be present in all sessions and shall also actively take part in discussions and group projects. It is further expected from the participants to switch their cameras on for all the sessions of the Summer School (unless there are reasons that would prevent this). Before applying, applicants should consider the required commitment that is needed for their participation at the Summer School.

The Summer School is open to senior students (graduate and postgraduate) and young professionals from any field of study or discipline. The program is designed for candidates who are already familiar with IP.

All applicants are required to have successfully completed the WIPO Distance Learning Course on Intellectual Property Management  (DL 450) before being selected for the program. Access to this online course will be made available upon registration to the Summer School. 

Insurance and Medical Examination
Non-resident participants will be provided with insurance coverage for the duration of their stay in Durban in connection with the Summer School program.

Each participant will be required to present a medical certificate upon arrival.

The Summer School programme will be implemented in hybrid format.

Online Registration
Applicants should submit their résumé together with a letter of motivation (setting out their reasons for applying and what they hope to gain from the Summer School).

Registration Fees
Due to the exceptional circumstances this year, all fees have been waived. Participation will be free of charge.

Basic Information

  • Venue : Durban, Mangosuthu University of Technology (Hybrid) 
  • Language : English 
  • Tutored : Yes  
  • Certificate : Yes  
  • Course administrator :  summerschool.southafrica@wipo.int

Current session


  • Registration :  12-Feb-2024 –  31-May-2024
  • Payment :   – 
  • Course :  25-Nov-2024 –  06-Dec-2024

Documents to be uploaded

  • Motivation letter for Summerschool (Max 300 words)  *
  • Recent Curriculum Vitae  *
  • Identification document such as passport or national ID  *

Documents marked with * are mandatory.


All applicants are required to have successfully completed the WIPO Distance Learning Course on Intellectual Property Management (DL450) before being selected for the programme. Access to this online course will be made available upon registration to the summer school
Registration closes on the 31st of May 2024.


Topic 1: Technological Advancements – Setting the Scene

Topic 2: What does the Fourth Industrial Revolution hold

Topic 3: (Round Table Discussion) Role of Policies – SA Innovation and IP Policies Imperatives

Topic 4: Overview of the Intellectual Property and Technology Transfer – Setting the Scene

Topic 5: Critical Partnerships: Industry – academia collaboration

Topic 6: Role of Government: Seed and Technology Development Funding

Topic 7: Overview of Inventions and Patents

Topic 8: National and International Protection of Patents – A step by step practical approach

Topic 9: Importance of Substantive Search and Examination –
A comparative Analysis of SSE Country and a Formalities Examination country

Topic 10: The role of Patents and Know How/Trade Secrets in Technology Transfer– A step by step approach

Topic 11: Nano-Precipitated CaCO3 Technology

Topic 12: Importance of Design protection and their Industrial Application

Topic 13: Overview of Trademarks_ Legal practice perspective

Topic 14: National and International Trademarks protection (Nice classification.
Madrid Protocol)_ Legal practice perspective

Topic 15: Role of Trademarks in transfer of technology

Topic 16: Traditional Knowledge, Genetic Resources (including geographical indications) and Traditional Cultural Expressions – Towards a Suitable Protection System for South Africa

Topic 17: Exercise: Divide into groups – Develop a problem, devise a solution, identify all forms of IP possible and devise a technology transfer strategy

Topic 18: Exercise: Participants feedback session

Topic 19: Overview of copyright

Topic 20: Copyright in the digital era – A step by step approach

Topic 21: Copyright challenges in the digital age – the Music industry

Topic 22: Collective management of rights in SA

Topic 22: Collective management of rights in SA

Topic 23: The Economics of Copyright and Creativity


Topic 25: Innovation Bridge Portal

Topic 26: IP and Antitrust Policy

Topic 27: Interactions between IP and Public Law of Competition

Topic 28: Drafting of Licensing Contracts

Topic 29: IP Audits for Universities and SMMEs: A Practical Approach

Topic 30: IP Licensing and Negotiating Exercise

Contact Us

Host institution (MUT): Mandla Hlongwane: Hlongwane.mandla@mut.ac.za

Summer School Administrator: summerschool.southafrica@wipo.int