Course on Patent Litigation in Europe

CEIPI Diploma on Patent Litigation in Europe

16th edition

Structure and time frame

The Course on Patent Litigation in Europe organised by the CEIPI (Centre d’Etudes Internationales de la Propriété Intellectuelle, Université de Strasbourg) is composed of seven modules of two days each, followed by a final seminar of three days. It takes place from October to June. The content of the CEIPI course corresponds to the draft curriculum for a European Patent Litigator’s Certificate (Draft EPLC rules). The course covers all basic European Laws and Conventions relevant in the field of Patent litigation. A good knowledge of the European Patent Convention and related matters by participants is a prerequisite.

The course is held on Fridays / Saturdays (to economise on time and travel arrangements).

The course ends with a written exam paper in June and an oral control of the knowledge acquired by the participants. A Diploma of the University of Strasbourg is awarded to successful participants (Diplôme Universitaire sur le Contentieux des Brevets en Europe).

During a period of one year from the entry into force of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court, the CEIPI Diploma on Patent litigation in Europe will be deemed as appropriate qualification for a European Patent Attorneys to represent parties before the UPC as established in the Rules on Patent Litigation Certificate and Other Appropriate Qualifications pursuant to article 48(2) of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court.

Themes and purpose

European Patent Attorneys should acquire a deepened knowledge of patent litigation procedures in Europe and of the forthcoming centralised litigation proceedings before the Unified Patent Court (UPC), as well as of related Rules of Procedure (RoP), in order to be able to advise their clients on the enforcement and defence of European Patents and Patents with Unitary Effect and to represent parties before the UPC upon the entry into force of the European Patent Package.

Cautionary Notice

Participants to the course can be :

 - European Patent Attorneys with three years of practice before the EPO Boards of Appeal and/or national patent litigation courts (as representatives of parties, private or court appointed experts or judges).

- Attorneys at law or academic lawyers who have proven knowledge and experience in patent law.

 - Those who do not fulfill these conditions may still be accepted upon a proven record of expertise in the area of patent drafting and practice.

All applicants who have already expressed their interest in participating should at any rate forward a confirmation, as the number of participants is limited and applications are taken on a first come first served basis. 

Lecturers and languages

The lectures are given by experts from different member states. The lectures are mainly in English; however use of the other two official languages of the EPO is made in some sessions and also in discussions, papers and/or abstracts.

Additionally to the presentations, a mock trial will be organised. More information will be sent to the participants at a later date.

Course schedule

  • Module 1
    ISIS Building – University  October 19 & 20, 2018
  • Module 2
    ISIS Building – University  November 9 & 10, 2018 
  • Module 3
    ISIS Building – University  November 30 & December 1st, 2018
  • Module 4
    M.I.S.H.A Building – University January 11 & 12, 2019
  • Module 5
    M.I.S.H.A Building – University February 15 & 16, 2019
  • Module 6
    M.I.S.H.A Building – University April 5 & 6, 2019
  • Module 7
    M.I.S.H.A Building – University April 26 & 27, 2019
  • Module 8 – Mock Trial
    M.I.S.H.A Building – University May 23, 24 & 25, 2019
    Oral exam
  • Written exam June 7, 2019

Tuition fees

The fee is 3 850 € (subject to approval by the Strasbourg University Administration Board)


We are pleased to inform you that there are still some seats available for this 16th edition of the course on Patent Litigation in Europe which takes place from October 2018 to June 2019

In order to proceed to your administratical registration, could you please send your completed application form to the following e-mail address:

Please find below the list of the documents required.

Course direction

Prof. Christophe Geiger : Director General of the Center for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI), University of Strasbourg

Dr. Xavier Seuba : Director of the Diploma on Patent Litigation in Europe, Senior Lecturer and Training Coordinator at the Center for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) of the University of Strasbourg

Contact Information

For administrative questions/registration, please contact:

Training Assistant
Tel: 03 68 85 80 27

For questions related to the academic content of the program, please contact:

Xavier SEUBA
Director of the Diploma on Patent Litigation in Europe
Tel: 03 68 85 84 61

For questions related to the training materials, please contact:

Researcher at CEIPI
Tel. 03 68 85 86 53