General Course on Intellectual Property DL101


Ilia State University in collaboration with the British Council’s Creative Spark programme and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), a UN agency offers a distance learning course on Intellectual Property to all Creative Spark beneficiaries in English / Russian.

The course teaches you what Intellectual Property (IP) means, copyright, trademarks, patents and more. Critical learning for entrepreneurs and start- ups who need to ensure their business ideas are protected. 

The distance learning course has been relaunched with a new design that includes a much more engaging learner experience – you can now listen to the course, watch videos and get the support from your virtual tutor. 

The mentioned course is the great opportunity to get a certificate in Intellectual Property!

Key Dates:

  • 12 February 2020- Registration Opens 

  • 3 March 2020- Registration Closes 

  • 4 March 2020- Course Starts 

  • 22 April 2020- Course Ends, exam details shared

  • 23 – 30 April- Exam, online multiple-choice 

  • It is recommended that 55 hours is allocated to review the study materials.


  • The course is offered in both English and Russian and supported by a bilingual tutor and administrator. The English course has been redesigned and is more interactive with sound and visuals. 

  • Problems registering? See the additional guide or contact WIPO below.

Course Outline

  • The course includes 13 modules and provides an in-depth overview of the fundamentals of Intellectual property (IP) law

  • Self-assessment tools help participants gage the level of knowledge and progress

  • To strengthen the learning approach, the new  design English Course is much more interactive and this will be rolled out into other languages 

  • Duration of the course is over 7 weeks and approx. 55 hours are required to review course material 

  • The Final Exam for the course includes a series of online multiple-choice questions. Details on the exam process will be shared towards the end of the course so you have time to prepare

  • Certificates are awarded electronically to all successful participants 

Course Modules

  • Module 1: Introduction to Intellectual Property 

  • Module 2: Copyright

  • Module 3: Related rights

  • Module 4: Trademarks

  • Module 5: Geographical indications

  • Module 6: Industrial designs

  • 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 – The WIPO Development Agenda

  • Module 13: Summary and discussion on IP rights

  • Final examination

Good to know 

  •  Intellectual Property knowledge is important to understand how you can protect your new and creative ideas, as well as have an understanding within creative and digital industries. 

  • You need to create an account and then register for the course – 2 steps. Make sure you remember your log in details and use the same email address. Any problems, see the guide or contact WIPO 

  • On-line access will include course content, tutor’s contact details and access to a discussion forum which is really helpful and valuable tool to support your learning 

  • Allocate time to study for the course and take the multiple-choice online exam. The exam is set for a certain amount of time and will be offered during the week of 23 – 30 April 

  • Once you have successfully taken this course, you will have access to other courses 

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