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.
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.
Students gain the fundamental tools and competencies needed to handle the complexities of intellectual property.
The Master is structured in three parts: online learning, residential classes, and an individual research paper.
This intensive, year-long Master combines online and residential work for students at different stages of their careers.
Students learn by studying, collaborating, and observing practitioners in action.
Tutor-assisted self-study period
Turin (Italy), at ITCILO
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.
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.
To be eligible for the Master, applicants must:
The tuition fee for the 2021/22 edition is 9,000 euros.
The fee includes:
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 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.
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.).
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.
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.
The LL.M. in Intellectual Property is supported by partial funding from WIPO and private entities, most prominently the Compagnia di San Paolo.
You need to fill in the on-line application form available on the website:
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:
Important: The application form will be considered only if supported by the above listed documents.
You are expected to submit your application form, duly filled in, together with the requested documents no later than the May 15, 2020.
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:
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.
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).
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.
The selection criteria take into consideration candidates' education and professional profile.
No scholarships are offered for this Master.
Regardless of the results, all applicants will be notified by the end of May 2019.
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:
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.
Subsistence fees cover single room accommodation, breakfast and laundry.
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).
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