Master of Laws in Intellectual Property

Master of Laws in Intellectual Property

Master of Laws in Intellectual Property

29 August 2022–11 August 2023
The course is available in English
Introduction to the Master

The Master in Intellectual Property is for participants wanting to acquire the skills needed to play a leading role in intellectual property rights (IPR) practice and teaching through exposure to a comparative, international approach. IP law faces unprecedented challenges. Emerging phenomena such as cloud computing, biotechnological inventions and big data are making it necessary to define an optimal interface between law and technology. Similarly, IP law has become a crucial factor in economic, scientific and societal/moral decisions. In view of the above, the Master in IP attracts professionals from the public and private sectors, as well as junior academics wanting to play a leading role in the practice and teaching of IP.

Who attends this Master?

Professionals from the public and private sectors; junior academics wanting to acquire the skills required to play a leading role in the practice and teaching of IP. Candidates should have gained a first-level university degree in law, economics, engineering, medicine, chemistry, communication sciences or business administration.

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What are the topics?

Students gain the fundamental tools and competencies needed to handle the complexities of intellectual property.

  • Introduction to IP Law and Economics 
  • Patents, Trademarks and Geographical Indications
  • Industrial Designs, Unfair Competition and Domain Names
  • Enforcement of IPRs and International Aspects of IP
What will I learn?

The Master is structured in three parts: online learning, residential classes, and an individual research paper.

  • In-depth examination of the classical topics of IP law
  • Specialized analysis of the latest developments in various legal systems
What will I be able to do?

This intensive, year-long Master combines online and residential work for students at different stages of their careers.

  • Analyse latest developments in the fields of patents, trademarks, domain names, copyright and related rights, design, software and databases, integrated circuits, biotechnological patents and plant varieties, the internet and e-commerce
Why should I enroll?

Students learn by studying, collaborating, and observing practitioners in action.

  • Students visit the WIPO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. 
  • Dedicated tutors are available to answer questions and provide support throughout the learning journey.
  • Teaching methodologies include lectures, workshops, and case studies, as well as an online platform for readings, videos, and exercises.
3 learning parts in 9 months
Distance learning

Tutor-assisted self-study period


Turin (Italy), at ITCILO

Research papers

Preparation and submission during the face-to-face period


The LL.M. in IP is composed of 4 different learning parts delivered over a 12 month period, from 30 August 2021 to 12 August 2022.

The first phase consists of three WIPO modules offered through distance learning. This initial phase is designed to provide all the participants with a preliminary and homogeneous background. The distance learning modules are delivered from 30 August to 10 December 2021. They are based on the successfully tested “Copyright and Related Rights” (DL-201); “Patents” (DL-301); and “Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications” (DL-302), all designed by WIPO IP experts.

The second phase of the programme is hosted by the University of Turin (UNITO) and continues the Online Distant Learning method (ODL). This phase will be held from January to March 2022.

There are three main objectives in this phase:

1. For participants to become familiar with one another and develop intra-group collaboration, as well as get to know the main faculty from UNITO;

2. For participants to get used to participating in IP discussions from a cross-disciplinary and international perspective; and

3. For participants to begin developing their research paper projects by choosing topics,and drafting research outlines.

The third phase consists of the residential part of the programme. It is an intensive classroom learning period delivered at the ITCILO’s campus in Turin from 4 April to 15 July 2022 and at WIPO’s headquarters in Geneva during a 3-day study visit .

This phase starts with a review of the current IP regime followed by economic analysis of IP law. It explores IP protection at national, regional and international levels.

Lectures on the following modules are offered by professors as well as IP experts.

  • IP and Economics
  • Patents and Trade Secrets
  • Copyright and Related Rights
  • Trademarks, Geographical Indications, and Domain Names
  • Industrial Designs
  • IP Management and Enforcement
  • Unfair Competition and Antitrust
  • Enforcement of IPRs
  • Technology Transfer
  • Big Data and Artificial Intelligence

Class teaching will be enriched by case-study sessions, skills development workshops as well as exercises in legal drafting.

A full-time tutor is assigned to the class in order to respond to participants’ clarification needs and to provide remedial support, as required.

During this phase of the programme, the participants, working individually or in small groups and with the assistance of an advisor, prepare a first draft of a research paper on a topic of their interest.

A 2-day workshop, during which the participants present their draft research papers to the entire class and representatives of organizing institutions, closes the residential part. Two written exams are held during this phase of the programme.

This part stretches from 18 July to 12 August 2022.

Participants are required to submit the final version of the research paper initially drafted during the residential period. Submission and subsequent grading of the final research paper conclude the programme. WIPO and the University of Turin will support the publication of the best papers.

Fees and Application

To be eligible for the Master, applicants must:

  • have successfully completed a first level university degree in law, economics, engineering, medicine, chemistry, communication sciences or business administration.
  • be fluent in the English language (you may be required to provide evidence of English language ability - TOEFL minimum 80/120 - IELTS 6.5/9)

The tuition fee for the 2021/22 edition is 9,000 euros.

The fee includes:

  • programme development and management
  • training equipment, training materials and documentation
  • use of training facilities and support services
  • minor medical insurance and University registration fees.

Applications will be reviewed by the Selection Committee in two different rounds of admission. Interested candidates should duly complete and submit the on-line application form and the requested documents, no later than April 15, 2021 (to be screened and evaluated for the 1st round of enrolment) or the May 15, 2021 (to be screened and evaluated for the 2nd round). 

Applicants requesting WIPO sponsorship should visit and apply at the following WIPO Academy page:  

The Venue

The residential part of the LL.M. will be held at the ITCILO Campus in Torino, Italy

The training and residential facilities consist of 21 low-rise buildings, set in ten hectares of riverside parkland. The buildings have been fully refurbished on the occasion of the 2006 Winter Olympic Games.

The ITCILO campus in Torino has advanced facilities to assist students in their learning and social activities. The Guest Relations service takes care of leisure activities, while the campus provides a wide array of services such as post office, currency exchange, medical assistance, travel agency, laundry, restaurant, bar, tennis courts, football playground, and gym.

Participants are granted access to the library of the WIPO Academy during the study visit and to the “Norberto Bobbio” library of the Turin Law School. The latter has a large endowment of texts in the field of intellectual property. Participants are given a Syllabus, which contains both suggested and mandatory readings, and two additional lists (named “our library A” and “our library B”) indicating, for every subject, recent articles and books available in Turin at the Norberto Bobbio library. Periodical updates on the new acquisitions of the Norberto Bobbio library are also provided.

Easily accessible by car, train or plane, Torino has a long tradition in the field of IP: the largest IP consultancy firm, advertising agency and car manufacturer in Italy all have their headquarters in Torino, demonstrating Torino's long tradition in housing some of the IP intensive areas of the country's economy.

First as Italy's capital and second, as the venue of the 2006 Winter Olympic Games, Torino is an industrious and enjoyable city which offers a wide variety of historical attractions and places to visit, such as the Egyptian Museum, the Royal Palace, the National Cinema Museum, the Mole Antonelliana, the Automobile Museum, the Lingotto, as well as permanent and temporary art exhibitions and music festivals.

University of Torino - Faculty of Law

The University of Turin was founded in 1404. Today, the University has a faculty of 1,200 professors, about 800 researchers, and 70,000 students. More than 20 years ago it launched a cluster of nine international Masters jointly organized with the International Training Center of the International Labour Organization (ITCILO), including this Master of Laws in Intellectual Property (LL.M.).

WIPO Academy

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation. It is a self-funding, specialized agency of the United Nations based in Geneva. It is dedicated to lead the development of a balanced and effective international intellectual property (IP) system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all. WIPO administers 26 international treaties and has 189 member states.

The WIPO Academy is a division of WIPO established in 1998. It plays a central role in WIPO’s activities to enhance the capacity of countries to use the IP system by employing an interdisciplinary approach to IP education focusing on its links with trade, innovation, health, applied sciences, information technology and creative industries. Since 1998, more than 400,000 students have participated in WIPO Academy Programmes namely, Professional
Development, Distance Learning, Academic Institutions and Executive Programmes.

It responds to a wide spectrum of demand for IP education like degree programmes, custommade professional training and policy-making in IP and offers distance learning courses in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

International Training Centre for the International Labour Organization

The International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (the Centre) is the training arm of the ILO – a specialized agency of the United Nations.

ILO was established in 1919 and aims at the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights. The Centre is based in Turin and is a premium provider of capacity development and training services in the field of decent work and sustainable development. In 1991, the Centre started to offer an innovative, job-focused and multi-disciplinary portfolio of Masters in partnership with the University of Turin. The LL.M. in IP, the LL.M. in International Trade Law, the Master in Management of Development, and the Master in Public Procurement for Sustainable Development are among the world-renowned trainings offered by the Centre.

Support and contributions for the LL.M. in Intellectual Property

The LL.M. in Intellectual Property is supported by partial funding from WIPO and private entities, most prominently the Compagnia di San Paolo.

LL.M. Director
  • Professor Alessandro Cogo, Turin Law School, University of Turin
LL.M. Coordinators
  • Professor Marco Ricolfi, LL.M. Yale 1976, Turin Law School, University of Turin
  • Mr Giuseppe Casale, Director, Turin School of Development
  • Ms Martha Chikowore, Counsellor, WIPO Academy, WIPO
Scientific Committee
  • University of Turin: Professor Gianmaria Ajani, Rector of the University of Turin; Professor Marco Ricolfi; and Professor Alessandro Cogo
  • The WIPO Academy: Mr. Sherif Saadallah, Executive Director, of the WIPO Academy; Mr Joe Bradley, Head, Academic Institutions Program; and Ms Martha Chikowore, Counsellor
  • ITCILO: Mr Giuseppe Casale, Director of the Turin School of Development; Mr Ralf Krüger, Manager Sustainable Development Programme; Ms Linda Deelen, Manager Enterprise, Microfinance and Local Development Programme
Lecturers (2019-2020 edition)
  • Mr Massimo Travostino, Lawyer
  • Ms Benedetta Magri, ITCILO
  • Dr Bryan Khan
  • Prof. Luigi Franzoni, University of Bologna
  • Mr Julio Raffo, WIPO
  • Mr Giovanni Napolitano, WIPO
  • Prof. Thomas Cottier,World Trade Institute and University of Berne
  • Ms Josefita De Parto, WTO Secretariat
  • Prof. Benedetta Ubertazzi, University of Milan Bicocca
  • Mr Daniel Brean JD, University of Akron
  • Prof. Andrea Ottolia, University of Genova
  • Prof. Sven Bostyn, University of Copenhagen
  • Prof. Lucas Lixinski, UNSW Sydney
  • Mr Andrew Czajkowki, WIPO
  • Ms Yolanda Huerta Casado, UPOV
  • Mr Paolo Lanteri, WIPO
  • Dr Eleonora Rosati, Stockolm University
  • Prof. Christophe Geiger, University of Strasbourg
  • Prof. Enrico Bonadio, City University London
  • Prof. Marco Ricolfi, University of Turin
  • Ms Anita Huss, WIPO
  • Mr Giancarlo Frosio, CEIPI, University of Strasbourg
  • Mr Giulio Zanetti, Loyola University of Chicago
  • Dr Luca Barbero, Studio Barbero
  • Prof. Estelle Derclaye, University of Nottingham
  • Mr Pier Luigi Roncaglia, Spheriens Legal Firm
  • Dr Paolisa Nebbia, Shearman & Sterling LLP
  • Mr Alberto Camusso, Lawyer, Jacobacci Law Firm
  • Mr Theodoros Stamatiadis, Senior Counsel
  • Mr Fabrizio Jacobacci, Jacobacci Law Firm
  • Mr Luciano Bosotti, Patent Attorney
  • Mr Marco Hopperger, WIPO
  • Mr Ulrike Till, WIPO
  • Dr Justyna Ozegalska-Trybalska, Jagiellonian University
  • Mr Simon Legrand, WIPO
  • Mr Charles Randolph, WIPO
  • Mr Hans Georg Bartels, WIPO
Research papers collection
How can I apply for this Master?

You need to fill in the on-line application form available on the website: 

  1. Click on Apply
  2. Fill in the application form and attach the supporting documents requested
  3. Once you have completed your application and attached the documents, click on Submit
  4. You should then receive an e-mail acknowledging receipt of your application.
What documents should I submit with my application?

You should attach the documents requested in the Supporting Documents section of the on-line application form. Official documents should be scanned and uploaded. The compulsory documents include a copy of:

  • motivation letter (required field);
  • recent curriculum vitae (required field);
  • diploma of university studies (required field);
  • transcripts of university studies;
  • certificates of English language knowledge and of attendance to postgraduate programmes;
  • certificates (TOEFL / IELTS) or other evidence of English language knowledge if not mother tongue;

Important: The application form will be considered only if supported by the above listed documents.

What is the deadline for submitting my application?

You are expected to submit your application form, duly filled in, together with the requested documents no later than the May 15, 2020.

What are the prerequisites for admission to the Master?

Student's profile

A total of up to 40 participants (15 selected and sponsored by the WIPO Academy and  the remainder by the University of Turin) are admitted to the Master. All applications are scrutinized by a joint committee headed by the Turin Law School. The Master is very intensive. 

Students need to be strongly motivated.

Essential requirements for admission:

  1. Hold a Bachelor's Degree of a minimum duration of three years (equivalent to a three-year first level University Italian Degree) preferably in economics, business, management, political sciences, law, statistics and engineering.

  2. Have successfully completed the equivalent number of years of education as an Italian graduate: minimum 15 years of schooling from primary school to university graduation (of at least three-year).

  3. Very good knowledge of English language.

The validity of non-Italian degrees must be recognized under Italian law and regulations. For more information, please refer to Recognition of foreign degree.

The Selection Committee reserves the right to interview candidates in order to validate the coherence of their professional projects with the Master.

What are the selection criteria for the Master?

The selection criteria take into consideration candidates' education and professional profile.

Are there any scholarships available?

No scholarships are offered for this Master.

When can I expect to learn the outcome of the selection process?

Regardless of the results, all applicants will be notified by the end of May 2019.

How can I obtain recognition of this academic qualification in my country of origin?

You should directly contact the Italian Embassy/Consulate of your country, which will provide you with the necessary information on how to obtain its local recognition. 

In accordance with the Italian law, if you hold a Bachelor's degree awarded outside Italy, the recognition of such degree is compulsory for the enrollment at any Italian University.

The recognition is obtained through the Declaration of Value, a letter of academic eligibility and suitability issued by the Italian Embassy or Consulate in the country where the Bachelor's degree was awarded.

The Declaration of Value certifies that a foreign title of study, issued in a certain country, is legal according to the Italian legislation.

In order to obtain the recognition of your Bachelor's Degree, you need to provide us with the following documents:

  • Declaration of value of your Bachelor's degree (Dichiarazione di Valore in loco – DV), issued by the competent Italian diplomatic authorities (Embassies and Consulates) of the country in which your degree was awarded. It is an official document written in Italian providing a short description of your academic qualification and certifying that your Bachelor's Degree is equivalent to a three-year first level Italian University Degree for a total number of minimum 15 years of education.  If you received your degree in a country different than yours, please contact the related Embassy. For example if you are Chinese but you were awarded a degree from a university in Germany, you must contact the German Embassy in China. The Declaration of Value must be accompanied by a certified copy of your Bachelor's degree and transcripts (referring to all years of studying); these can also be replaced by the Diploma Supplement, where applicable;
  • Original (or certified copy) of your degree and academic transcripts legalized by the competent Ministry or office in charge  (referring to all years of studying). Please check locally. The Legalization is the documentary device by which a Government's Foreign Ministry authenticates a recognized Public Document, such as a University Degree or University Transcripts, as genuine and valid, thereby legalizing that document for use in any other member country under the terms laid out in the 1961 The Hague Conference on Private International Law. This means providing official Government verification of the signatures and stamps appearing on your degree and transcripts. If your country did not join the Hague Convention, there are other ways of legalizing a document for international validity (i.e. through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of your country, or a notary plus the Italian Embassy);
  • Copy of the Italian translation of your Bachelor's degree and the relative transcripts, provided by an official translator (recognized by the Italian embassy). Embassies/Consulates can either validate non-official translations (i.e. translations performed by non-professional translators => this type of validation is needed to check if translations do actually correspond to the original texts) or provide you with a list of official translators.

IMPORTANT: The presentation of the above-listed documents is compulsory for the enrolment at the University of Turin and, therefore, for the award of the final diploma. Please do not produce or send any other documents than the ones that are strictly requested. They will not be of any value for the enrolment at the University of Turin.  Obtaining them is a lengthy process: we invite interested candidates to get informed at their earliest convenience.

What does the cost of accommodation at the ITCILO campus cover?

Subsistence fees cover single room accommodation, breakfast and laundry.

Can I bring my family?
  1. The Centre may agree to lodge accompanying persons on its campus subject to facility availability; priority is given to participants and for short periods.
  2. Children under the age of 18 can be admitted only if accompanied by an additional adult person who can take proper care of them during their stay.
  3. No assistance in obtaining visas can be provided. 
  4. Accompanying persons are responsible for their own illness and accident insurance covering the "main travel" (from/to their country of origin), their stay at the Centre, excursions and any study tours.
  5. Only previously authorized visitors can access the campus. To either receive visits or have a guest for more days, it is necessary to request an authorization from the FIS Security Unit through the course secretary or manager at least one week in advance and upon the submission of a valid ID card of the visitor/guest. Otherwise students can meet visitors at the control room and without entering the campus.
From which date is the cost of my stay at ITCILO campus covered by the subsistence fee?

According to ITCILO rules, accommodation is covered from the day before the beginning of the Master (from Sunday) and to the day after the end of the Master (to Saturday).

Any exception to the rule above should be approved by the Programme Manager.

The cost of accommodation on Campus is € 85 per night (bed and breakfast).

How do you reach the ITCILO campus?

For all the information visit our 'The Turin Campus' page


Please refer to the Course Secretariat for any further clarification.
Master in Intellectual Property c/o International Training Centre of the ILO LL.M in Intellectual Property

Viale Maestri del Lavoro, 10 - 10127 Torino, Italy
Phone +39 011 693 6945 - Fax +39 011 693 6369


World Intellectual Property Organization
World Intellectual Property Organization

WIPO is the global forum for intellectual property (IP) services, policy, information and cooperation. It is a self-funding agency of the United Nations, with 192 member states.

Their mission is to lead the development of a balanced and effective international IP system that enables innovation and creativity for the benefit of all. 

University of Turin
University of Turin

The University of Turin is one of the most ancient and prestigious Italian Universities. Hosting over 74.000 students and with 120 buildings in different areas in Turin and in key places in Piedmont, the University of Turin can be considered as “city-within-a-city”, promoting culture and producing research, innovation, training and employment.