The LL.M. in Intellectual Property is designed for participants to acquire the skills needed to play a leading role in intellectual property rights (IPR) practice and teaching through exposure to an international and comparative approach. The curriculum aims to provide an in-depth examination of the classical topics of IP law, as well as specialized analysis of the latest developments in the fields of patents, industrial design, integrated circuits, trademarks, domain names, copyright and related rights, biotechnological patents and plant varieties as well as the internet, software, databases and e-commerce.

IP law is facing unprecedented challenges. Evolving issues like biotechnological inventions, software protection, digital rights management, copyright and the internet raise questions related to the continuous need 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 LL.M. in IP currently attracts professionals from the public and private sectors as well as junior academics who wish to acquire the skills required to play a leading role in the practice and teaching of IP through exposure to an international and comparative approach.

The curriculum aims to provide an in-depth examination of the classical topics of IP law, as well as a specialized analysis of the 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. The diversified profile and backgrounds of the students and lecturers make the LL.M. a truly international forum for discussion and exchange of knowledge, opinions and ideas that are entrenched in various legal systems.

University of Torino - Faculty of Law

The University of Turin was founded in 1404. Today, the University has a faculty of 1,300 professors and about 800 researchers. The current level of student enrolment stands at 70,000 making the University of Turin one of the largest in Europe. Renowned for its tradition in legal education and international outreach, the University is involved in several legal and socio-economic initiatives with foreign universities, governmental and intergovernmental institutions. One leading example is the partnership established more than 20 years ago with the International Training Center of the International Labour Organization (ITCILO), for launching a cluster of nine international Masters’ programmes including this Master of Laws Programme in Intellectual Property (LL.M.).

 WIPO Academy

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is a 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 188 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 using 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 350,000 students have participated in WIPO Academy Programmes namely, Professional Development, Distance Learning, Academic Institutions and Executive Programme. 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 of the International Labour Organization

The International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITC-ILO) is the training arm of ILO, one of the United Nations Specialized Agencies. ILO was established in 1919 and aims at the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights. ITCILO is based in Turin and is a premium provider of capacity development and training services in the field of labour, human rights, sustainable development and  international trade. In 1991, ITCILO started to offer an innovative, job-focused and multi-disciplinary portfolio of Master programmes 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 programmes offered by ITCILO.

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

The LL.M. in Intellectual Property is supported by partial funding from WIPO and a number of private entities and foundations such as the Compagnia di San Paolo and the Turin Bar Association.

The Venue

 The residential part of the LL.M. will be held at the ITC-ILO 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 ITC-ILO campus in Torino has advanced facilities to assist students in their learning and social activities. The Participants 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.

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.

Directors & Scientific Commitee

LL.M. Director

Professor Alessandro Cogo, Turin Law School, University of Turin

LL.M. Coordinators

Professor Marco Ricolfi, LL.M. Yale 1976, Professor of Law, Turin Law School, University of Turin
• Ms. Martha Chikowore, LL.M. University of South Africa, Training Officer, WIPO Academy, WIPO
• Mr. Ralf Krüger, Sustainable Development Programme, ITCILO
• University of Turin: Professor Gianmaria Ajani, Rector of the University of Turin

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 WIPO Academy,
Mr. Joseph Bradley, Head, Academic Institutions Programme
Ms. Martha Chikowore, Training Officer

ITCILO: Mr. Giuseppe Casale, Director Turin School of Development,

Mr. Ralf Krüger, Manager Sustainable Development Programme,

Ms. Linda Deelen, Manager Enterprise, Microfinance and Local Development Programme


 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)

How to apply

 The tuition fee for the 2016-17 edition is 9,000 euro.

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.

 Interested candidates should complete the online Application Form by 31 March, 2016.


A limited number of partial scholarships may become available for students from developing countries/transition economies on a competitive basis among deserving candidates who are unable to meet the full tuition plus accommodation costs.

Applicants requesting WIPO sponsorship should send all required documents only to WIPO at the following e-mail address: by March 15, 2016


Please refer to the Course Secretariat for information about scholarships and for any further clarification.
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Contents & Structure

The LL.M. is structured in three different phases stretching over 9 months, from June 2016 to February 2017.

  • The first phase consists of courses offered through distance learning via the Internet.

The first phase consists of 3 WIPO modules offered through distance learning. This initial phase is designed to provide all the participants with a preliminary and homogeneous background. The 3 distance learning modules are delivered from June to August 2015. They are based on the successfully tested “General Course on Intellectual Property” (DL-101), “Copyright and Related Rights” (DL-201) and “Patents” (DL-301); all designed by WIPO
experts. The introductory DL-101 has an online examination while the two advanced modules also have an online exam and a written examination during the face-to-face period.

  • The second phase consists of the residential part of the programme. It is an intensive face-to-face classroom learning period delivered at ITCILO campus in Turin from 5 September to 16 December 2016 and at WIPO headquarters in Geneva during a three nights study visit in October.

It starts with an introductory review of the current IPR regime followed by economic analysis of IPR law. This
phase explores IP protection both at national, regional and international levels. Lectures on the following modules are offered by professors as well as IP experts.

A full-time tutor is assigned to the class in order to respond to participants’ clarification needs and to provide remedial support to the students, as required. Participants, on rotation basis, are expected to make weekly summary
presentations of the topics covered during the preceding week. This provides for active interaction among the participants, the tutor and the professors.

• Introduction to IP Law and Economics 
• Patents
• Trademarks and Geographical Indications
• Industrial Designs
• Unfair Competition
• Domain Names
• Enforcement of IPRs
• International Aspects of IP

 Class teaching will be enriched by case-study sessions as well as exercises in legal drafting. Submission of a first draft of a research paper is a requirement during this phase. Two written exams are held during this phase of the programme; the first carrying double the credit points of the second.


  • The third phase consists of the submission of the final version of the research paper.

This part stretches from 17 December 2016 to 28 February 2017. Each participant will be required to submit the final version of the research paper initially drafted during the face-to-face period. Submission and subsequent grading of the final research paper will conclude the programme.

A Master of Laws (LL.M.) in IP will be awarded upon successful completion and fulfillment of the learning requirements of all 3 parts.

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