For staff

IP training- beginners level

These free training courses are a fantastic resource for staff and students with an interest in IP. They cover IP basics and help to understand the importance of IP.

  1.  UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO)

a.) IP Basics and IPOYouTube

IP Basics – IP made easy, a new series of IP-based animations.  Contains a suite of 12 short animations breaks IP down into bite-sized chunks that clearly explain the different rights and how they can benefit business.  So whether you’re new to IP or just brushing up on your skills, or wondering how to distinguish your trade marks from your copyright, this is the perfect place for you to start.

Various UKIPO videos of interest to help inform on IP available at:  IPOYouTube Channel.

b.) IP Health Check

UKIPO training tools have been designed to help you:

  • If you have IP to protect.
  • Whether you own it and, if you don’t, who does.
  • How to protect it, and whether you should.
  • How you can exploit it commercially

You can access these tools for free on the UKIPO website


IP tutor covers the basics and all aspects (e.g. patents, trade marks, design etc.) ofiIntellectual property.

It helps participants to identify different forms of IP, understand the role of IP in their chosen subject area, know how to use IP to protect their work and gain a new skill that is valued by employers and is useful in the work environment. It’s free to use, user friendly and interactive, and it can be tailored to area of study/interest. The course takes 40 minutes to complete.

Completion of the course provides accreditation from the UKIPO.  The UKIPO course is also validated by the UK Chartered Society of Designers.

Note, the UKIPO training only discusses IP in the UK, although it does provide links to information on international IP issues at the end of the training.  Anyone protecting IP should be aware of the international aspects and dimensions of their IP rights, e.g. the need to register and protect relevant IP rights in all countries of interest, as well as ensuring freedom to operate in such countries. 

3. IP Equip

IP Equip is a free online training that explains intellectual property rights such as trademarks, patents, copyright and designs.

4. Murgitroyd podcasts and blogs

Short podcasts and blogs on topical and important IP issues and problems pitched at a basic/introductory level.

5. Marks & Clerk

Short guides on IP areas

6. European Patent Office (EPO)

a.) IP Basics

IP Basics has been designed for users with little or no prior knowledge of IP, in order to provide them with a basic introduction to a range of different IP rights.

7. World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) Academy

WIPO is the global forum for intellectual property services, policy and cooperation. The training courses seek to develop individuals’ skills and capabilities in IP.

Access all WIPO courses

Below we highlighted some free of charge courses which can be accessed on the WIPO website.

a.) WIPO recommended courses

  • DL001E - DL-001 Primer on Intellectual Property

This course covers the fundamental aspects of intellectual property (IP): copyright and related rights, trademarks, patents, geographical indications, and industrial designs. It also covers contemporary issues impacting the IP field such as: new plant varieties, unfair competition, enforcement of IP rights and emerging issues in IP.

The content and methodology of all “General Primer” courses are structured to complement self-directed learning. As such, participants are able to review course material at their own pace.


The DL-001 course is comprised of twelve modules designed to facilitate the sequential expansion and assimilation of general IP concepts:

  • Module 1: Introduction
  • Module 2: Overview of IP
  • Module 3: Copyright
  • Module 4: Related Rights
  • Module 5: Trademarks
  • Module 6: Geographical Indications
  • Module 7: Industrial Designs
  • Module 8: Patents
  • Module 9: New Plant Varieties
  • Module 10: Unfair Competition
  • Module 11: Enforcement of IP Rights
  • Module 12: Emerging Issues in IP - IP and Development

Final Exam and Certificate There is no final exam or certificate at the end of this course. Self-assessment tools are strategically placed throughout each module to assist participants with gauging their respective levels of knowledge and progress, as well as their ability to apply the concepts and facts presented within the course.

Eligibility This course is open to all individuals seeking to obtain a general overview of the fundamentals of IP.

  • WIPO DL_IPPanoramaE - IP Panorama 

Designed to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) utilize and manage intellectual property (IP) in their business strategy. 

IP PANORAMA relies on learning about IP through business orientation especially focusing on the situation of SMEs.  It is based on an instructional design strategy of ‘Storytelling’ along with educational technology. The learning content of each module was designed with a practical story regarding IP. It deals with IP issues from a business perspective.   Curriculum   The course is comprised of the following modules:

  • Module 1: Importance of IP for SMEs
  • Module 2: Trademarks and Industrial Designs
  • Module 3: Invention and Patent
  • Module 4: Trade Secrets
  • Module 5: Copyright and Related Rights
  • Module 6: Patent Information
  • Module 7: Technology Licensing in a Strategic Partnership
  • Module 8: IP in the Digital Economy
  • Module 9: IP and International Trade
  • Module 10: IP Audit
  • Module 11: Valuation of IP Assets
  • Module 12: Trademark Licensing
  • Module 13: IP Issues in Franchising

Final Exam and Certificate

There is no final exam or certificate at the end of this course.


This course is open to all individuals, particularly in the enterprise sector and university students, seeking to increase their awareness of using IP for business success.

b.) WIPO’s Case Studies on Intellectual Property (IP Advantage)

The case studies in the IP Advantage database offer insights into how IP works in the real world, and how its successful exploitation can contribute to development.

Case studies

c.)  WIPO resources for Universities

Overview of IP policies and related documents in the sphere of universities and public research institutions. They can be of use to the university community in general, to increase understanding of the rights to IP that may result from educational and research activities

Resources for universities

d.)WIPO Frequently Asked Questions: Knowledge Transfer for Universities and Research Institutions

A list of FAQ that explains key concepts

Frequently Asked Questions