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Classes in Patents, Copyright, and Trademarks for Free Online From WIPO
Friday, February 25 2005 @ 03:49 PM EST

WIPO is offering free online courses starting next week in what lawyers like to call "intellectual property", but here is the breakdown of what they will cover, and it's very diverse:

The general course includes such areas as copyright, patents, trademarks, geographical indications, industrial design, plant breeders' rights, unfair competition and international registration systems. Some 38,000 people from over 180 countries have taken it since the Academy was founded in 1998.

The Academy will also offer advanced courses in copyright, patents and trademarks, starting in May.

Later in the year, the WIPO Academy will launch, for a range of fees, first-time courses on the intellectual property aspects of traditional knowledge, biotechnology and the “international protection of plant varieties.”

I went to register, and only the primer course is still open for registration. The more diverse course is closed, but it will be repeated in October, and registration for that begins July 1. My experience with online courses has been wonderful, and while I'm sure this will be top-heavy in favor of rights holders, the knowledge can be used in other ways, and I hope many of you will be able to take the courses. I can't vouch for the quality, because this announcement is new to me too, but I'm definitely going to look into signing up, at least in May, if I can afford it. The paid courses are $450, which is quite a lot. But the more we all know, the better. You don't have to be a lawyer or have any legal training to sign up.

I've been looking for a crash course in patent law, though, and I hope you are too. If anyone knows of any online that I could take, I'm all ears. I am convinced that is the real battle ahead.

They do offer an advanced, paid course in international copyright law, and that interests me a great deal.

Here is where you sign up. Before you do, read this page. And there is more information here. This WIPO press release says courses are available in languages other than English, specifically in French, Spanish and Portuguese.

However, WIPO evidently didn't get the memo that some people don't use Windows, and the Distance Learning page says, in listing the technical requirements, that you must have Internet Explorer 5 or higher. I don't have it period, because my Windows computer died, and I'm not going to replace it, so I'll email them and see what, if anything, can be done. I don't intend to buy an operating system I don't need just for a class, but their software may well be tied to the Windows operating system. Maybe if they hear from enough of us, they'll figure out a way.

Here is the list of courses available in English. Anyway, we can investigate this resource together. Maybe some mainstream media journalists will sign up too? It's an opportunity to get the big picture clearly in mind, which can only come in handy when covering stories like the SCO v. Everybody story.


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Same thing in England
Authored by: Chris Lingard on Friday, February 25 2005 @ 04:16 PM EST

There are computer courses, on-line and free. I enrolled for XML and c++ and looked forward to home study

Logged in at home, and was greeted by Java trying to download something. It only works using Microsoft :-(

PS Must write another rude letter to them

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IE and Linux
Authored by: BC on Friday, February 25 2005 @ 04:39 PM EST
I know it seems pointless, but on a lark I tried installing IE6 on one of my
SuSE boxes using WineRack. It works. So this might be a solution to the IE
required problem.

Of course a mozilla browser might work anyway. Sometimes people don't
distinguish between "Internet Explorer" and "web browser."

Again - Please note that I did this for laughs, not because I had a burning
desire to use IE.

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Off Topic Links and Discussion here.
Authored by: troll on Friday, February 25 2005 @ 05:10 PM EST
<a href=""> clickable link </a>
Yours truly ...

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Corrections here please
Authored by: troll on Friday, February 25 2005 @ 05:11 PM EST
So PJ can find them quickly.

Yours truly ...

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Online learning
Authored by: star-dot-h on Friday, February 25 2005 @ 10:45 PM EST
PJ, perhaps you could point them here. Happy to help with an install if necessary.


Free software on every PC on every desk

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Classes in Patents, Copyright, and Trademarks for Free Online From WIPO
Authored by: Anonymous on Saturday, February 26 2005 @ 04:30 AM EST

It's not really a class, but the guy calls it a Crash course on patents. It was written by a patent lawyer, so it's probably similar in spirit and approach to what WIPO is going to say.

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Classes in Patents, Copyright, and Trademarks for Free Online From WIPO
Authored by: Anonymous on Sunday, February 27 2005 @ 11:24 AM EST
I smbmitted the following text. Please feel free to use it
or modify it for your own purposes:

According to your website, you are requiring Windows IE
5.0 or above
"{...Technical requirements
A computer connected to the Internet
Internet Explorer 5 or higher
Sound card and speakers
Real Player software
Who can benefit?...]"

I would like to say that you are being rather near sighted
in placing this restriction on your services. There are
millions of users out here on the Internet that use
products other than those provided by Microsoft. I am one
of those users.

You should base the content you provide on the Internet
using open standards as defined by the World Wide Web
Consortium ( This means that the
requirements for access to the resources provided by your
service should be available to anyone using products that
adhere to open and legally unencumbered standards. Other
platform independent formats would also be acceptable,
such as PDF, as long as they would be available on more
than only Microsoft platforms.

By basing the requirements to access your web based
services on a proprietary vendor and product, you are, in
essence, implying that only users of that proprietary
software have the privilege to access your site. That is
ethically wrong and I encourage you to consider a more
broad and adaptive approach that allows anyone with access
to the internet and support for current open standards as
defined by the W3C to access your services. I also suggest
that you provide testing and support of your services
using other than only Microsoft products.

Might I suggest FireFox, Mozilla, Opera, and Konqueror, as
other possible browser clients.

Please consider these recommendations as a means to reach
out to millions of users that do not use Microsoft
products on their computer systems.

Thank you,

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