WIPO-U.S. Summer School on Intellectual Property

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WIPO-CPIP Summer School
on Intellectual Property

June 1-12, 2021

Offered Virtually Via Zoom From:
George Mason University
Antonin Scalia Law School
Arlington, Virginia

The Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School has partnered with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to host the fourth iteration of the WIPO-CPIP Summer School on Intellectual Property. This exclusive, two-week summer course will be held online from Arlington, Virginia—just minutes from Washington, D.C., one of the world’s key centers of IP law and policymaking.

The Summer School program provides an opportunity to senior students, young professionals, and government officials to acquire deeper knowledge of each domain of intellectual property (IP) and of the role and functions of WIPO. As WIPO’s only U.S.-based Summer School, the WIPO-CPIP Summer School program focuses on U.S. IP law.

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. A certificate of participation is awarded to participants who successfully complete the program requirements.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the WIPO-CPIP Summer School in the United States will be held virtually via Zoom. All sessions will be live and in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

In order to receive a certificate of participation, participants will be expected to be present for no less than 80% of these live sessions and take part in discussions and projects. Before applying, applicants should consider their own times zones and the required commitment to 6-8 hours of live sessions between approximately 9:00am-4:30pm EDT for two weeks.

U.S. Law Students Can Receive 3 Hours of Academic Credit From Scalia Law!

Registration Is Now Closed



The Summer School is open to senior students (graduate and postgraduate students) and young professionals from any field of study or discipline. The program is designed for candidates who wish to obtain deeper knowledge of U.S. IP law. Applicants who are more senior in their field of IP law may find the WIPO-CPIP Summer School less challenging but are still welcome to apply.Once the program has 100 fully registered applicants (accepted by WIPO and paid with CPIP) registration will close.

If your country is under U.S. sanctions, we may need a license from the U.S. Department of Treasury to allow you to participate. Applying for that license will take time, and we cannot guarantee that students from countries under sanction will be able to participate. However, the earlier you apply the greater our chances of obtaining the required license. We recommend interested applicants applying from a country under U.S. sanctions (such as Iran) apply through WIPO no later than February 15, 2021.

Online Registration

Registration for the course is a two-step process—please follow these instructions closely:

    1. Please visit the WIPO Summer School on IP website to register for the course: WIPO Website. Applications must be submitted online with résumés, letters of motivation, and copies of passports (or identity cards). Selected applicants will be notified via email once their application has been accepted by WIPO.
    2. Once you have received a notification of acceptance from WIPO, and once you have received the welcome email from CPIP, please visit our registration payment website (link will be sent you via email) to pay the registration fee and to finalize your registration for the course. Please note that George Mason University policy requires registration payment must be made with a VISA or Mastercard credit card. For students taking the course for academic credit, please see the “Academic Credit” section below.

Registration Fee (U.S. Dollars)

  • Students from developing countries: $90
  • Professionals from developing countries: $180
  • Students from developed countries: $360
  • Professionals from developed countries: $540

Due to delays in launching our payment website, CPIP will be honoring the above prices, which were originally the Early Bird rates, all the way through the final payment deadline of May 20, 2021. If you are unsure about whether you should pay the developing or developed country rate, please contact Mary Clare Durel at mdurel@gmu.edu.

Cancellation Policy

You may cancel on or before May 20, 2021, and receive a refund of the registration fee minus a cancellation fee of $50. The registration fee will not be refunded for cancellations after May 20, 2021.

Regarding Financial Assistance

We regret to advise that neither WIPO nor CPIP is able to offer any financial assistance to those seeking to participate in the program. Similarly, we are unable to identify any third parties that may be able to offer such assistance.

Important Dates

Last day to pay early-bird rate: March 15, 2021

Last day for interested applicants to submit registration to WIPO: May 9, 2021 May 16, 2021

WIPO to send final batch of accepted registrants to CPIP: May 10, 2021

Deadline for accepted applicants to submit payment to CPIP: May 20, 2021

CPIP will not accept new registrants after May 20, 2021.

Academic Credit

U.S. law students taking this course for academic credit will pay tuition to Scalia Law in lieu of the registration fee. Such students should sign up for this class once Scalia Law opens registration for the summer semester on Patriot Web, and they should not finalize their registrations on our payment website (the link for which will be shared with accepted students). Only U.S. law students who are formally admitted to Scalia Law are eligible to receive the credit. If you are currently enrolled at a different U.S. law school, you will first need to be accepted as a visiting student at Scalia Law. For information about enrolling at Scalia Law as a visiting student, please click here.

The Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, partners with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to host the WIPO-CPIP Summer School on Intellectual Property. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Clare Durel at mdurel@gmu.edu.