WIPO-CPIP Summer School on Intellectual Property

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WIPO-CPIP Summer School
on Intellectual Property

June 8-19, 2020

Antonin Scalia Law School
George Mason University
Arlington, Virginia

The Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, has partnered with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to host the third iteration of the WIPO-CPIP Summer School on Intellectual Property.

This exclusive, two-week summer course will be held in Arlington, Virginia—just minutes from Washington, D.C., one of the world’s key centers of IP law and policymaking. The course provides a unique opportunity for students, professionals, and government officials to work with leading experts to gain a deeper knowledge of IP to advance their careers.

The course consists of lectures, case studies, simulation exercises, group discussions, and panel discussions on selected IP topics, with an orientation towards the interface between IP and other disciplines. A certificate of participation is awarded to participants who successfully complete the course requirements.

U.S. Law Students Can Receive 3 Hours of Academic Credit From Scalia Law!

Registration Is Now Open!

The Center for the Protection of Intellectual Property (CPIP) at Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University, partners with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) to host the WIPO-CPIP Summer School on Intellectual Property. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services/George Mason University



The WIPO-CPIP Summer School on Intellectual Property is open to students, professionals, and government officials from any field of study or discipline. The course is designed for candidates who wish to obtain a deeper knowledge of IP.

Travel & Accommodations:

Participants are responsible for their own travel to and from Washington, D.C, as well as accommodations, meals, and living expenses during their participation in the course.


Please ensure that you have the required visa for the U.S. (including transit visa, if necessary) before your arrival into the United States. If you are a student who is already in the U.S. on an F-1 visa, you can attend the course on that visa. However, new international participants coming into the U.S. to attend the course, no matter if you are a student or businessperson, generally should apply for the B-1 visa.

That said, you may be eligible to enter the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP), which permits citizens of 38 countries to travel to the U.S. for business or tourism for stays of up to 90 days without a visa. VWP travelers are required to apply for and receive an approved travel authorization through the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) to board a plane or vessel bound for the United States. In most cases, your ESTA will be valid for two years.

Please note: There has been confusion in the past about the B-1 visa. Even though the course is available for academic credit to U.S. law students who are formally admitted to Scalia Law, the course is not available for academic credit to anyone else. If you are a new international participant coming into the U.S. in order to attend the course, you should apply for the B-1 visa (or ESTA, if applicable), and not the F-1 visa, because you are not a student who is eligible to receive academic credit from Scalia Law. For these new international participants, the course is properly considered a conference—not an academic program for which the F-1 student visa would apply.


Registration for the course is a two-step process—please follow these instructions closely:

  1. Please visit the WIPO Summer School on IP website to register for the course: WIPO Website. Applications must be submitted online with résumés, letters of motivation, and copies of passports (or identity cards). Selected applicants will be notified via email once their application has been accepted by WIPO.
  2. Once you have received a notification of acceptance from WIPO, and once you have received the welcome email from CPIP, please visit our Cvent website to pay the registration fee and to finalize your registration for the course: Cvent Website. You should not pay the registration fee until you have received your formal notice of acceptance from WIPO and your welcome email from CPIP.

Registration Fee (U.S. Dollars):

  • Students from developing countries: $100 $90 Early Bird Rate
  • Professionals from developing countries: $200 $180 Early Bird Rate
  • Students from developed countries: $400 $360 Early Bird Rate
  • Professionals from developed countries: $600 $540 Early Bird Rate

Early Bird Rate: We’ll take 10% off the registration fee if you complete and submit your application to WIPO on or before March 31, 2020, and then finalize your registration by paying the registration fee on our Cvent website by April 20, 2020! We anticipate a full house this year, so please finalize your registration early in order to guarantee your spot in the course. If you are unsure about whether you should pay the developing or developed country rate, please contact Mary Clare Durel at mdurel@gmu.edu.

Cancellation Policy:

You may cancel on or before May 25, 2020, and receive a refund of the registration fee minus a cancellation fee of $50. The registration fee will not be refunded for cancellations after May 25, 2020.

Academic Credit:

U.S. law students taking this course for academic credit will pay tuition to Scalia Law in lieu of the registration fee. Such students should sign up for this class once Scalia Law opens registration for the summer semester on Patriot Web, and they should not finalize their registrations on our Cvent website. Only U.S. law students who are formally admitted to Scalia Law are eligible to receive the credit. If you are currently enrolled at a different U.S. law school, you will first need to be accepted as a visiting student at Scalia Law. For information about enrolling at Scalia Law as a visiting student, please click here.


Classes will generally be held Monday through Friday, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. To view last year’s program, please click here.


Participants are responsible for complying with the law school’s academic regulations regarding attendance and class preparation. Regular and punctual attendance and class preparation are required to successfully complete the course. If a participant is absent for any reason for more than 20 percent of the sessions of the course, the participant is not eligible to receive the certificate of participation. A participant who is not present for at least 75 percent of a session of the course is absent from that session. Attendance will be taken each day. If you are tardy and arrive after attendance has been taken, it will be your responsibility to make sure that you are marked “present.”



Washington, DC Hotels:

Arlington, VA Hotels:

Facebook Groups:

Temporary Accommodations: Inexpensive Hotels, Hostels, and Summer Housing:



Metrobus and Metrorail (servicing DC, Maryland, and Virginia):

  • Washington Metro Area Transit Authority (WMATA): https://www.wmata.com/. By Metro, the law school is closest to the Virginia Square station on the Orange line. We are two blocks east of the station on Fairfax Drive.



  • Arlington Yellow Cab: +1-703-522-2222
  • Arlington Blue Top Cab: +1-703-243-8294
  • Arlington Red Top Cab: +1-703-522-3333


Scooters & Dockless Bikes:

You must be 18 years or older to ride. Electric scooters and bikes are best for travelling short distances. These devices are accessed using company-specific apps. Download the app onto your smartphone, complete the registration and payment information process, and the app will provide you access to that company’s devices.

If you use one of these Micro-Mobility Devices around near Scalia Law, please read and follow Arlington County’s adopted regulations, which can be found here: https://transportation.arlingtonva.us/scooters-and-dockless-bikeshare/.

Directions to Antonin Scalia Law School:

Visitor Parking Options:

  • Visitor parking is available in the Van Metre Hall Parking Garage which is located directly beneath the school. To access the garage, use the entrance located off of Kirkwood Drive, in between Fairfax Drive and Washington Boulevard. Currently, the rates are $3/hour with a daily maximum of $15 Monday-Friday. Payment methods accepted: Cash, coin, or Visa/MasterCard.
  • Visitor parking in Vernon Smith Hall Garage is only allowed with advanced permission from Parking Services at all times. Please contact Parking Services at arlpark@gmu.edu for information on requesting visitor parking.
  • There is metered parking in front of the law school on Fairfax Drive.


Students will have at least an hour and twenty minute-long lunch break every day during the summer school. There is a student break room on the B1 floor of the law school (located behind the elevators) that has a refrigerator and microwave for you to store and heat-up your food. If you need to refill a water bottle, there is a water bottle fountain on the ground floor (G) of the law school (located by the elevators).

If you need an on-campus source for coffee, tea, or sandwiches, we recommend Au Bon Pain, which is located inside Van Metre Hall of the university. To get there, take the elevator down to the ground floor (G) and walk to Van Metre Hall from Hazel Hall.

These restaurants are within a 5-minute walk from the law school:



If you have any questions, please contact Mary Clare Durel at mdurel@gmu.edu.