International Cooperation and Partnerships

CEIPI cooporates with the most important international and European bodies in the field of intellectual property as well as with many study and research centers in Europe and in the whole world.

International and European bodies in intellectual property

There is a cooperation agreement between CEIPI, WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) and the INPI (Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle) under which CEIPI has been participating since 1978 in the training of officials of intellectual property offices in developing countries.

CEIPI works closely for many years with the OAPI (African Intellectual Property Organization) and particularly with the african study center "Denis Ekani". The CEIPI participates with the OAPI, the WIPO and the University of Yaoundé II in Cameroon in the Master II (LLM) in Intellectual Property. Many CEIPI lecturers participate in this Programme Course.

When the European Patent Office was created in 1977, CEIPI was entrusted with the task of teaching European patent law to future specialists and agents working with the Office.The international section of CEIPI is in charge of these seminars. A memorandum of understanding between the EPO and the CEIPI was signed on June 1, 2012 concerning the co-operation in the training in European patent law.

In the perspective of the creation of a future European patent tribunal, CEIPI jointly with EPI (Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office) proposes a course specifically meant for European patent attorneys: the Course on Patent Litigation in Europe.

CEIPI collaborates with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) within the framework of the University Network Research whose task is to promote research works, particulary, papers written by students from Masters in intellectual property, in order to facilitate the research in the field of community trademarks and designs.

CEIPI has proposed it's expertise to the most important community institutions (European Commission, European Parliament, Council of Europe).

Study and research centers

CEIPI is member of the EIPIN (European Intellectual Property Institutes Network) which aim is to facilitate contacts and increase cooperation among IP institutions and students in Europe. EIPIN members are:

CEIPI developed a close partnership with the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law in Munich in particular within the framework of the Master 2 in Research.

CEIPI cooperates with the University of Gothenburg to promote international exchange and masters programmes.

CEIPI offers a program in commun with the Technical University of Dresden, Law Faculty, in order to obtain the LL.M in Intellectual Property.

The CEIPI and the Justinius Law Faculty of Skopje, Macedonia have launched in 2011 a University Degree in intellectual property law created in the framework of the Tempus Program of the European Commission. This innovative initiative includes a program in Skopje that concentrates mainly on the international and European aspects of intellectual property (industrial property, copyright, related rights and other affiliated disciplines), and is taught by academic staff from the CEIPI, from its partners of the EIPIN network and from the faculty in Skopje and from neighbouring countries (Greece, Bulgaria and Serbia).

CEIPI is present in Asia since the University of Strasbourg is member of the European programme China-EU School of Law which headquarters is at the China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing. Within the framework of this programme, CEIPI participates since 2009 in partnership with the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law, to the organisation of seminars held every year in China for professionals in the field of IP.

CEIPI is also present in South America since an exchange and co-operation agreement between the CEIPI and the CEIDIE (Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Intellectual Property – University of Buenos Aires Law Faculty) was signed on June 6, 2012 in order to facilitate an exchange of experience and knowledge concerning teaching and research in the intellectual property field.

CEIPI has also developed contacts in the United States in order to promote exchanges in the fields of patents, trademarks, copyright and technology transferts with the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Technology, Akron University and with the University of Washington School of Law in Seattle. The seminar "Transnational Intellectual Property Law, Theory and Practice" is held very regularly and consists of a series of lectures given by academics and members of the CEIPI team.

A cooperation agreement has been concluded with the Faculty of Law of Tunis in order to facilitate the exchanges of teachers and students from the masters programmes of both universities.