We are pleased to announce that our Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property partnered with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) this year to host a 2017 summer IP academy. The partnership was WIPO’s first summer academy arrangement with a North American school.
The partnership was conceived after a meeting between UNH Law Interim Dean Jordan Budd and WIPO officials in Geneva regarding how to best combine respective strengths in IP to further advance global IP education. WIPO proposed that UNH Law be its first North American summer academy partner in large part because of the exceptional international reputation of the Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property, Budd noted.
The two-week residential academy was held on the University of New Hampshire main campus in Durham, N.H., from May 22 to June 2. Students also spent one day during that time in Concord on the UNH Law campus, visiting with faculty members, taking a tour, and enjoying a barbecue in the afternoon.
The UNH Law/WIPO program welcomed participants from around the globe – 16 students arrived from nine countries – and likewise featured noted presenters and lecturers with varied backgrounds, including UNH Law IP faculty members Christopher Frerking, Jon Cavicchi, Ashlyn Lembree, Stanley Kowalski, William Murphy, and John Orcutt. The schedule featured a welcome reception on the first night, several lectures and discussions each day, as well as leisure time to explore the UNH campus and the town of Durham.
WIPO annually partners with schools throughout the world to host summer IP programs. Most of them share a common curriculum, format, and duration, with the goal of expanding the IP knowledge of the participants through lectures, simulation exercises, group and panel discussions, and case studies.
The summer schools “provide an opportunity to acquire deeper knowledge of IP, including an understanding of IP as a tool for economic, social, cultural and technological development, and the role of WIPO in the administration of IP and the provision of global IP services,” according WIPO.
The programs aim to draw “students, young professionals with a business and law background, and government officials whose duties may require them to have an understanding of how the international IP system functions and its intersection with other policy areas such as health, climate change, and agriculture.”