CEIPI's Newsletter n° 43 - December 20, 2019


Yann Basire, new Director General of CEIPI

CEIPI is pleased to announce that Mr. Yann Basire, Associate Professor at CEIPI, has just taken up office as Director General of CEIPI, since 1st September 2019, for a period of 5 years, following his election by the Council of Administration of CEIPI of 7 December 2018.

Mr. Basire, who is also Director of the French section of CEIPI, succeeds Prof. Christophe Geiger, with the objective of sustaining and strengthening the positioning of CEIPI as a center of excellence in training and research in intellectual property, both in France, Europe and internationally.

Yann Basire, PhD in Intellectual Property Law from CEIPI, is expert in industrial property law and, more specifically, trademark law. He is the author of several articles on the subject and is responsible for the chronicles “Marque de l’Union européenne” in the journals “Propriétés intellectuelles” and “Europe” and the annual synthesis “Droit des marques” in the journal “Légipresse”. He is also author and co-author of the book “L’essentiel du Droit de la propriété industrielle”, “L’essentiel du Droit de la propriété littéraire et artistique” in the Gualino Collection, as well as Director of “Revue Francophone de la Propriété intellectuelle”. He regularly participates in conferences in France and abroad, training (FNDE, IRPI) and seminars in intellectual property law. Since 2014, he organizes annual conferences abroad in order to compare the French vision of intellectual property with the vision of the host countries. Finally, since September 2018, he has been Director of the French section of CEIPI.

Click here for more information about his biography.

CEIPI welcomes Yann Basire and thanks Christophe Geiger for all his action in developing the center!

Christophe Geiger elected President of ATRIP, 28 August 2019

Professor Christophe Geiger, Director of the CEIPI Research Department, has been elected by the General Assembly of the ATRIP Association on 28 August 2019 in Nashville (USA), as the next President of the association for a term of two years, starting from 2021. He will succeed Professor Jens Schovsbo of the University of Copenhagen, who took office as President for the next two years at the end of the annual ATRIP congress in Nashville.

The ATRIP (International Association for the Advancement of Teaching and Research in Intellectual Property), founded in 1981, is one of the most prestigious associations working to contribute to the advancement of education and research in the field of intellectual property law.

The association organizes, among other activities, a major annual congress and an annual essays competition for young researchers in intellectual property.

For further information, click here.  

Participants at the 2019 ATRIP Congress in Nashville organized by Professor Daniel Gervais, President of ATRIP (2017-2019), © ATRIP

CEIPI appointed for the third time external expert of the JURI Committee of the European Parliament

CEIPI is proud to announce that the center has been selected for the third time as external expert for the JURI Committee (Legal Affairs) of the European Parliament, following the call for tenders to which CEIPI responded in February 2019, Framework contract on Expertise on Regulatory and Policy Issues in the Field of Intellectual Property Law. As a reminder, CEIPI has already been selected previously for 2 other framework contracts. By the past, the number of selected entities was unlimited (provided they met the selection criteria). This time, the Parliament has retained as experts only 5 entities, including CEIPI.

This Framework contract is intended to support the work of the Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) of the European Parliament in the field of intellectual property law by enabling it to have access to expertise (through written studies and reports), as well as support of European Parliament events with external experts in the areas of competence of the JURI Committee.


CEIPI University Diploma in “European Union Trade Mark and Community Design Law” – academic year 2019/2020, enrolment open!

We are pleased to announce the launch of a new training program now available at CEIPI, on “European Union Trade Mark and Community Design Law”.

This program, the first of its kind, focuses on EU Trade Mark and the EU legal framework on Community designs. It also includes lectures dealing with US and Japanese Laws. The program will be delivered over a period of 4 weeks starting in February and ending in May 2020. It is divided in four modules: Introduction to the EUTM system and absolute grounds of refusal, Relative ground: introduction to opposition proceedings, EU Trade Mark Litigation and design law. Faculty includes experienced attorneys, renowned professors and Members of the Board of appeal of the European Office Intellectual Property Office.

The program is conducted in English through lectures, seminars and workshops involving case studies.

For additional program details, including admission criteria and application deadlines, please visit the dedicated page.

CEIPI University Diploma “Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property” – academic year 2019/2020, enrolment open!

CEIPI is pleased to announce the creation of a specific training course dedicated to artificial intelligence and intellectual property, the first of its kind.

The recent development of artificial intelligence applications has had a significant – and often fundamental - impact on a vast array of legal fields. Intellectual property rights have not been spared. From the development of algorithms that create musical or graphical works to the advent of automated processes that produce novel technical artefacts, from novel forms of infringements to the delicate issue of datasets management, the growing presence of these new algorithmic intermediaries challenges the whole gamut of IP rights.

Still, rare are the lawyers that possess sufficient expertise to accommodate in earnest these new algorithmic modalities. The present training has a dual objective: the first one is to endow legal professionals with an in-depth knowledge of the articulation between AI creations and IP rights, while the second is to provide them with a bespoke technical understanding of these objects.

The university diploma “Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property / Intelligence artificielle et Propriété intellectuelle” aims at addressing the specific demands of practitioners in the field of intellectual property rights. Indeed, while many training courses are being offered on digital technology and law, none of them focuses on the novel and unique challenges posed by artificial intelligence in the field of intellectual property rights. In order to understand and master the issues of protection of these new types of creation, their utility for the enforcement of rights, as well as their technical and economic environment, a dedicated training seems essential.

Another – rather unique - specificity of the present training is to offer an entire module dedicated to computer technology (Module 1: What is AI? Technical introduction and demystification). This module aims at bringing the legal professional up to speed with the latest developments in the field of AI and includes practical work and hands-on applications on coding, AI algorithms and data structures.

This combined approach brings a definite added value with respect to other teachings in France and Europe. Thus, at the end of the training, participants will be able to benefit not only from in-depth knowledge in artificial intelligence law, but also in computer technology.

Click here to download the brochure.

For further information and enrolment forms, please visit the dedicated page.

Distance learning “IP Business Administration University Diploma”

CEIPI is offering its first advanced distance learning program.

The “IP Business Administration University Diploma” is dedicated to train specialists (attorneys and lawyers specialized in intellectual property) and non-specialists in intellectual property such as marketing experts, project managers, entrepreneurs as well as any person interested in the role of intellectual property in companies and its daily practice.
In addition to the fact that this new diploma addresses to non-specialists, this diploma is offering basic training courses in the management of intellectual property and can be potentially a “preparation” for the Master of Intellectual Property Law and Management (MIPLM).

Click here to download the brochure.

Click here for further information.

Enrolment for the Master of Intellectual Property Law and Management (MIPLM), academic year 2019-2020

This European Master’s program is designed especially for European patent attorneys, lawyers and other experienced IP professionals. Its ultimate objective is to qualify experienced IP professionals to act as IP managers with the practical skills and knowledge to deal with the new challenges of wealth creation and profit generation. Participants acquire first and foremost a new understanding of how intellectual property works in business models and are conveyed the necessary skills to achieve the systematic alignment of IP management and business objectives.

This Master addresses students and practitioners with a minimum of three years’ experience in the Intellectual Property field.        

Click here for further information and enrolment. Contact: Isabelle Christ (isabelle.christ@ceipi.edu).


Become European Patent Attorney with the CEIPI

CEIPI is pleased to announce that the brochure presenting the complete training offer for the year 2019-20 is available.

Courses preparing for the European Qualifying Examination (EQE) 2020

CEIPI offers a complete range of courses preparing for the European Qualifying Examination (EQE) 2020, using proprietary high-quality training material. The tutors for these courses are either professional representatives (from private practice and industry), or staff of the departments of first instance of the EPO and of the Boards of Appeal.

Further information about the courses and the enrolment procedure is available on the CEIPI website.

Basic training in European Patent Law

Several basic training courses in European Patent Law, designed to accompany professional practice of future Patent Attorneys and organized in currently 40 European cities, will started in autumn 2019.

Enrolment for the courses starting in 2020 is open. Further information about the courses and the enrolment procedure is available on the CEIPI website.

CEIPI Summer School on Intellectual Property in Europe, 29 June - 10 July 2020, Strasbourg

A summer school in European intellectual property law has been held successfully at the CEIPI since 2009.

The 12th edition will be organised from 29th June to 10th July 2020

Click here to download the program.

Unique in Europe and in the world, this Summer School offers a two weeks training as theoretical as practical for both scientific and law backgrounds. In fact, the division of the course into two parts, the first devoted to a general stream and the second a specialized stream, during which students may opt for a “Patent path” or a “Trademark and Designs path” grants to this Summer School its specificity.

Click here for further information or contact Isabelle Christ who will be happy to answer your questions:

Tél: 00 33 (0)3 68 85 80 17

Deadline for enrolment is June 1st, 2020.

Advanced training on Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property, 3rd edition, 23-25 April 2020, Strasbourg

CEIPI is pleased to announce the offering of the 3rd edition of the Advanced Training Program on “Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property” that will take place in Strasbourg from 23 to 25 April 2020. This new training follows the very successful editions of past years, gathering a high number of professionals coming from almost all the European countries, and as far as Brazil, Canada, United States, China, India, Malaysia and Japan, and including senior officials from renowned institutions.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robots have been the subject of science fiction for some time. That fictional future is now a present reality. The regulation of AI’s activities is set to become a primary policy issue. In particular, AI’s disruptive effects on traditional business models will force a re-consideration of the Intellectual Property (IP) framework. Today, AI and algorithms write news and novels, generate artworks, write and perform music. Automated intelligence can drive innovation processes on its own initiative. AI challenges the most traditional IP legal notions, such as “copying”, “originality”, “creator”, “author”, or “inventiveness”. Can a robot be an author? Can a robot be an inventor? Can a robot co-author a work with human intelligence? Who owns AI generated works or inventions? Should AI’s inventions be considered prior art? Who owns the dataset from which an artificial intelligence must learn? Who should be liable for creativity and innovation generated by AI, if they impinge upon others’ rights or other legal provisions? This training program will explore these thorny questions by dissecting legal, policy and ethical issues concerning AI impact on creativity and innovation. This training program should be of interest to creative economies and high-tech professionals and entrepreneurs, attorneys, policy makers, judges, and students.

Find all the details on our dedicated website: Artificial Intelligence & IP.

Update modules on the Unified Patent Court, March-April 2020, Strasbourg

Session 2020: 13-14 March and 17-18 April - Strasbourg

The Ceipi is happy to announce the 2020’s edition of the training program exclusively devoted to the Unified Patent Court (UPC) that will take place in Strasbourg in March and April 2020.

The program is divided in two modules of two days each (March 13-14 and April 17-18) and will allow participants to go through the institutional aspects of the UPC, the rules of procedure and remedies available to the parties.

This program is organized every year and is open to former participants of the Diploma on Patent Litigation in Europe, lawyers practicing in the area of intellectual property, and other intellectual property professionals with an interest in patent litigation and enforcement.

For administrative questions/registration, please contact Isabelle MAHOUDEAU (imahoudeau@ceipi.edu) and Xavier SEUBA (xavier.seuba@ceipi.edu) for questions related to the academic content of the program.

For more information and registration documents see our dedicated website.

CEIPI Advanced Training Program on “Social Networks and Intellectual Property”, 26-28 March 2020, Strasbourg: Register Now!

Registration to the new edition of the CEIPI advanced training on “Social Networks and Intellectual Property” is now open! The training program will take place in Strasbourg from 26 to 28 March 2020.

Social networks and online platforms define a considerable part of our daily interactions and activities. They have increasingly become a privileged venue for online business, in particular in the luxury and fashion industry. Promotion, protection and enforcement of Intellectual Property (IP) on social media and online platforms define the strategic success of any businesses nowadays. New professional figures, known as influencers, are emerging and changing the traditional landscape of brand promotion, use, licensing and online advertisement. As a lawyer, entrepreneur, influencer or policy maker working at the forefront of Internet and social media industry this changing social and market landscape becomes a puzzle with plenty of new complex questions to answer. How do you protect your content and your brand online, in particular on social media, digital marketplaces and user-generated content platforms? How do you promote content, brands or your own persona through the best licensing options? How web-based and mobile technologies can be protected? If you are an access provider, a social network, an online platform or website, which obligations apply to you? When are social networks, online platforms and websites liable for their users’ online activities?

This training program will explore legal, policy and practical issues facing online businesses and social media from a national and international perspective, with great emphasis on the European Digital Single Market. In this course, the participants will learn about novel issues of innovation regulation with special focus on content and brand protection, licensing and enforcement online, while considering social media and online platforms’ obligations and intermediate liability for copyright, trademark, and privacy infringement, including data protection obligations under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This training will also provide key notions regarding patentability, protection and business strategies related to web-based and mobile technology.

Participation to the CEPI Advanced Training on “Social Networks and Intellectual Property” will provide a competitive advantage to all those engaged with strategic decisions in the online environment, who are keen on profiting from fundamental changes in the way in which business interactions occur and want to leapfrog competitors. This training will gather together luxury, fashion, media, creative economies, and high-tech professionals and entrepreneurs, influencers, lawyers, policy makers and students with an interest in the multiple opportunities that social media and the platform economy may offer.

Participants are offered the possibility to register to the full 3-days program or to a single day. Please check the registration documents for the relevant fees.

General outline of the program:

Thursday, March 26: Copyrights

Friday, March 27: Trademarks

Saturday, March 28: Data Protection & Patents

For more detailed information regarding the training (program & how to register), please see our dedicated website here.


“Protecting Digital Business Models with Digital Patents”, fourth edition of CEIPI’s Executive IP Management Days, 21-22 November 2019, Strasbourg

This program, that took place from 21 to 22 November 2019 in Strasbourg, was dedicated to train IP management executives in industry and institutions. Since 2006 the MIPLM program educates IP management skills to IP experts from all over the world. There is a growing and devel­oping best practice in business orientated IP management.

The workshops aimed to provide insight into industry specific aspects of IP strategy development, practical issues in systematic synthetic invention, IP protection of perceived customer benefits and sustainable organizational change in companies.

The workshop program was mainly addressed to IP professionals, but also for graduate students who are interested in these topics.

The framework was designed for inspired discussions and networking.

Click here to download the program.

For further information regarding the program and the previous editions, click below:


Participants to the training program

CEIPI training program on Regulatory Affairs and Intellectual Property Protection in the Pharmaceutical Industry, 19-21 September 2019

CEIPI launched in September 2019 a new Advanced Training Program on Regulatory Affairs and Intellectual Property Protection in the Pharmaceutical Industry, a unique educational proposal targeting regulatory and intellectual property professionals in the pharmaceutical sector. The three days of training revolved around the interface between patent law, supplementary protection certificates and test data protection.

This training program was addressed to regulatory officers, patent attorneys and in-house lawyers, as well as public servants working in public health organizations, who must navigate through the several legal domains of relevance in pharmaceutical research, development and innovation.

When it comes to pharmaceutical products, branches of law of administrative nature become tied to private law. The interfaces between pharmaceutical law, intellectual property law, competition law and consumer law are numerous. Patents, supplementary protection certificates and regulatory exclusivities, notably test data protection, make up a sophisticated legal framework of overlapping exclusivities that impact both on innovation and competition.

For further information, click here. Click here to download the brochure.  

Francis Ahner, Xavier Seuba and Peter Thomsen during the opening of the program


Thesis defenses at CEIPI

Thesis defense by Oleksandr Bulayenko “Ensuring Remuneration and Access to Culture in the EU Single Market: Construction of Multi-Territorial Collective Management of Copyright”, 20 November 2019

From right to left: Daniel Gervais, Jens Schovsbo, Oleksandr Bulayenko, Christophe Geiger and Xavier Seuba

On 20 November 2019, Mr. Oleksandr Bulayenko defended his thesis on the topic “Ensuring Remuneration and Access to Culture in the EU Single Market: Construction of Multi-Territorial Collective Management of Copyright”, written under the supervision of Professor Christophe Geiger, Director of the Research Department of CEIPI.

Members of the jury:

  • Daniel Gervais, Professor of Law and Director of Intellectual Property Program of the School of Law at Vanderbilt University, United States (rapporteur)
  • Raquel Xalabarder, Professor of Intellectual Property and Director of the Law and Political Science Department, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain (rapporteur); represented at the defense by Xavier Seuba, Associate Professor at CEIPI
  • Jens Hemmingsen Schovsbo, Professeur of Law, Copenhagen University, Centre for Information and Innovation Law, Denmark
  • Christophe Geiger, Professor at the University of Strasbourg, Director of the Research Department of CEIPI (thesis supervisor).

On the occasion of the thesis defense, a Round Table “Actual Legal and Public Policy Questions of Collective Management of Copyright”, with the participation of the members of the jury and chaired by Christophe Geiger, was held in the afternoon.

Jens Schovsbo, Daniel Gervais and Christophe Geiger surrounded by the participants to the round table


Lauch of the new edition of “ Les grands arrêts de la Propriété Intellectuelle”

The CEIPI is happy to announce the publication of the third edition of “Les grands arrêts de la propriété intellectuelle” by Dalloz Editions, one of the leading professional and academic legal publishers in France.

Edited by Michel Vivant, this new volume of the famous legal casebook takes into account the evolution of the legal doctrine and proposes some more new analysis, written by eminent contributors including some members of the CEIPI Research Department.

This volume includes contributions of Yann Basire, Director General of the CEIPI; Stéphanie Carre, Lecturer at the CEIPI; Christophe Geiger, Director of the CEIPI Research Department; Franck Macrez, Lecturer at the CEIPI.

Publication of a new volume at Edward Elgar “Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Investment Law”, edited by Christophe Geiger

CEIPI is pleased to announce the publication of a new volume at Edward Elgar, “Research Handbook on Intellectual Property and Investment Law”, edited by Christophe Geiger, Professor of Law and Director of the Research Department of CEIPI, forthcoming 2020.

This book brings together several interventions presented at the 19th EIPIN Congress “Enforcing Intellectual Property in Trade and Investment Agreements: What Safeguards for its Social Function?”, that took place from 25-27 April 2018 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, (click here for the video recordings of the conference) as well as original contributions written by experts in intellectual property law and investment law. It aims to become the first reference book on the relationship between intellectual property law and investment law.

This innovative Research Handbook explores the complex and controversial interactions between intellectual property (IP) and investment law. In light of recent developments at national, European and international levels, the chapters critically examine the legitimacy of current practices with regard to the social function of IP rights and the regulatory autonomy of States to undertake measures in the public interest.

Contributors: Enrico Bonadio, Carlos Correa, Thomas Cottier, Rochelle Dreyfuss, Susy Frankel, Szilárd Gáspár-Szilágyi, Christophe Geiger, Rainer Geiger, Daniel Gervais, Henning Grosse Ruse-Khan, Cynthia Ho, Martin Husovec, Simon Klopschinski, A Maarsoof, Bryan Mercurio, Tuomas Mylly, Ruth Okediji, Pedro Roffe, Daniel Segoin, Xavier Seuba, Pratyush Nath Upreti, Lukas Vanhonnaeker, Hannu Wager, Peter K. Yu,

Click here for further information.

Launch of the entire 2019 volume of our CEIPI Working Paper Series on SSRN !

We are pleased to announce that the volume 2019 of the CEIPI WORKING PAPER SERIES is now available on Social Science Research Network (SSRN), under: https://www.ssrn.com/link/CEIPI-RES.html.

This volume offers some CEIPI Research Department’s last analysis in Intellectual Property Law through those articles:

  • Xavier Seuba, “The Export and Stockpiling Waivers:New Exceptions for Supplementary Protection Certificates”,
  • Giancarlo Frosio, “Reforming the C-DSM Refom: A User-Based Copyright Theory for Commonplace Creativity”,
  • Christophe Geiger, “ Reconceptualizing the Constitutional Dimension of Intellectual Property”,
  • Christophe Geiger, “ Intellectual Property and Investment Law: An Introduction”,
  • Christophe Geiger – Elena Izyumenko, “The constitutionalization of intellectual property law in the EU and the Funke Medien, Pelham and Spiegel Online decisions of the CJEU: Progress, but still some way to go!”,
  • Christophe Geiger – Giancarlo Frosio – Oleksandr Bulayenko, “Text and Data Mining: Articles 3 and 4 of the Directive 2019/790/EU”,
  • Christophe Geiger, “Regulatory and policy issues arising from intellectual property and investor-state dispute settlement in the EU:A closer look at the TTIP and CETA”,
  • Christophe Geiger – Giancarlo Frosio – Elena Izyumenko, “Intermediary Liability and Fundamental Rights”,
  • Giancarlo Frosio – Sunimal Mendis, “Monitoring and Filtering: European Reform or Global Trend ?”,
  • Christophe Geiger, “Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreements and the Harmonisation of Copyright law at International Level: Lessons to be learned from the TTIP”,
  • Christophe Geiger – Elena Izyumenko, “Blocking Orders: Assessing Tensions with Human Rights”,
  • Christophe Geiger – Elena Izyumenko, Towards a European “Fair Use” Grounded in Freedom of Expression”,
  • Christophe Geiger, « Les inventions mises en œuvre par ordinateur : actualité et enjeux de l’extension contemporaine de la brevetabilité ».

For further information about our CEIPI Working Papers Series and its opportunities, please contact Caroline Ertz, Working Paper Coordinator:  caroline.ertz@ceipi.edu

Past conferences at CEIPI

Conference-debate “Open access, copyright law and flow of knowledge”, Librairie Kléber, 29 November 2019, Strasbourg

In the framework of the series “Discussion around copyright”, organized by the CEIPI research department in partnership with the Kléber bookshop, under the scientific supervision of Franck Macrez, Associate Professor at CEIPI, University of Strasbourg, the CEIPI had the pleasure to organize a new edition of the series, that took place on Friday 29 November 2019, at Librairie Kléber (salle Blanche), Strasbourg.

The topic of this edition was “Open access, copyright law and flow of knowledge”,  with Mélanie Clément-Fontaine, Professor of Private Law at the University Saint-Quentin en Yvelynes, Université Paris Saclay and Yannick Hoarau, Deputy Vice-Chairperson Research Data and Open Science, University of Strasbourg.

This conference-debate was moderated by Franck Macrez, Associate Professor at CEIPI.

Click here to download the program.

For further information regarding the conference-debates, click here.

From left to right: Mélanie Clément-Fontaine, Franck Macrez and Yannick Hoarau

Conference “Artificial Intelligence, Innovation and Intellectual Properties”, 7 November 2019, Palais du Luxembourg, Paris

The Center for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) of the University of Strasbourg was pleased to organize a conference on the topic “Artificial Intelligence, Innovation and Intellectual Properties”. This conference, which was held under the high patronage of the Parliamentary Office for Evaluation of Scientific and Technological Assessment (OPECST) and Senator Ronan Le Gleut, took place on 7 November 2019 (Salle Clemenceau) at Luxembourg Palace, Paris.

The conference aimed to present the latest developments in the field of artificial intelligence and to confront them to the questions related to intellectual property rights. Thus, the concrete applications of artificial intelligence were presented in the main industrial sectors. These learning algorithms which pose difficulties of apprehension by the Law, the questions concerning the intellectual property rights (patent, copyright) were dealt, from the point of view of the artificial intelligence systems themselves, in terms of the results they produce, as well as the protection of the data themselves that feed these systems.

This event was held under the scientific supervision of Mr. Franck Macrez, Associate Professor at CEIPI, University of Strasbourg and Mr. Yann Basire, Associate Professor at CEIPI, Director General and Director of the French section of CEIPI, University of Strasbourg.

This event was held under the scientific supervision of Mr. Franck Macrez, Associate Professor at CEIPI, University of Strasbourg and Mr. Yann Basire, Associate Professor at CEIPI, Director General and Director of the French section of CEIPI, University of Strasbourg.

Click here to download the program.

The conference has been recorded and audio recordings are available on the Lexradio website: https://lexradio.fr/emission/1-151-COLLOQUE-INTELLIGENCE-ARTIFICIELLE-INNOVATION-ET-PROPRI%C3%89T%C3%89S-INTELLECTUELLES-LE-7-NOVEMBRE-2019-AU-SENAT

From left to right : Gérard LONGUET, Senator, President of OPECST, Ronan LE GLEUT, Senator representing French people living outside France, Benoît BATTISTELLI, President of the Administrative Board of CEIPI and former President of EPO

Participation of CEIPI members to in symposiums, conferences and other events

The scientific activity of the center’s researchers is extremely important, thus contributing to the outreach of CEIPI’s research department. Therefore, the CEIPI research team members are participating in various conferences and scientific events.

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Within the framework of the European project EIPIN IS - Innovation Society, with CEIPI as one of the main partners, took place in Strasbourg, from 25 to 29 June 2019, an interdisciplinary training seminar for the 15 ESRs recruited within the network.

As a reminder, this project is funded by the European Commission under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, European Joint Doctorates (EJD) and aims to examine the role of intellectual property as a complex adaptive innovative system.

Report by Clara Ducimetière, ESR (University of Strasbourg / Queen Mary University of London)

The ESRs (Early Stage Researchers) of the EIPIN IS met again in Strasbourg from 25 to 29 June 2019 for two enriching trainings. During the first day organized by the University of Augsburg, the ESRs followed the training on “Preparing for the Labour Market, Personal Development” with a senior consultant of Dennemeyer Consulting GmbH, Sevim Süzeroglu-Melchiors, and Clemens Meikis, a senior consultant at Omega Consulting Group GmbH. They introduced the ESRs to the future of IP professions in a quickly changing world, especially due to technology. The ESRs were given great insight on how to update their CVs including on social media. Koen Hendrix then introduced ESRs to EU career giving insights on EU Career Opportunities and Selection Procedures. He mentioned what the different institutions can offer in terms of professional and personal development. He also greatly described the different processes to be recruited as an EU official.

The second training, organized by CEIPI, was the “Interdisciplinary Research Week with Focus on Law & Economics of Intellectual Property”. The first day was very rich in terms of content and speakers. Jeremy de Beer, Professor at the University of Ottawa, opened the day with a presentation on evidence-based IP policymaking. The economic effects of IP laws in the context of trade, development and climate change were addressed by Professor Keith Maskus, University of Colorado Boulder. Finally, the ESRs got some insights on Evidence-based research on the markets for patents by Laurie Ciaramella, Assistant Professor at Télécom ParisTech and Affiliated Research Fellow at Max Planck Institute for innovation and Competition.

The theme of the second day was “Law and Economics of Intellectual Property”. The Director of BETA and Professor of Economics, Julien Pénin, gave a presentation on patents and open innovation, followed by talk on how artificial intelligence is shaping science, given by Stefano Bianchini, Associate Professor of Economics at BETA. The training followed with Xavier Seuba, Associate Professor of Law at CEIPI, who introduced the Economics of IP enforcement, emphasizing on methodologies and challenges. Christian Handke, Assistant Professor at Erasmus University Rotterdam, focused on the economics of copyright and discussed empirical research in this field. The ESRs then walked to the Experimental Economics Laboratory of Strasbourg, where they participated in the patent law experiment, lead by Kene Boun-My, LabManager of the LEES and Studies Engineer at CNRS.

On Friday 28 June, the ESRs attended three sessions. The morning was lead by Rémy Guichardaz, ATER at Sciences Po Strasbourg and BETA, who introduced the theory of social justice and its relevance for intellectual property. In the afternoon, Giancarlo Frosio, Associte Professor at CEIPI, gave a talk on Law and Humanities, and on an interdisciplinary approach in IP law. The day concluded with an insightful presentation on historic research in copyright delivered by Barbara Lauriat, Senior Lecturer at King’s College London.

The last day the training showcased the interdisciplinary research at the EIPIN IS. Girish Nagraj first presented his research and the concept of IP as a Complex Adaptive System. Krishnamani Jayaraman then talked the audience through his interdisciplinary legal research and methodology. Niccolo Galli addressed the mixed empirical legal methods he employs for his research on patent aggregation. Maurizio Crupi concluded the morning with a presentation on his research and on ATLAS.TI.

This exciting and intense training was punctuated with nice dinners and social events where the ESRs were able to gather and exchange with the participants and speakers.

For further information, please visit: http://www.eipin-innovationsociety.org/

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT EIPIN Innovation Society is funded by the European Commission within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, International Training Networks (ITN), European Joint Doctorates (EJD). The funding period is March 1, 2017 until February 28, 2021, Grant Agreement number 721733-EIPIN IS-MSCA-ITN-EJD, European IP Institutes Network-Innovation Society — H2020-MSCA-ITN-2016.


Manon Guédeu obtains CEIPI-Vanderbilt scholarship to perform an LLM in the United States

In the framework of the partnership between CEIPI of the University of Strasbourg and the Law School of the Vanderbilt University (Nashville, Tennessee) a special scholarship is offer every year for a CEIPI student for obtaining an LLM in the USA.

CEIPI is happy to announce that Ms. Manon Guédeu, student of CEIPI’s Master 2 in European and International Intellectual Property Law, directed by Professor Christophe Geiger, Director General and Director of the Research Department of CEIPI, obtained this scholarship for the academic year 2019/2020.

For more information regarding the scholarship, click here.

To see other recipients of the award, click here.


The Association of Alumni and friends of CEIPI (AACEIPI) is an association that brings together former students of CEIPI and all those who are friends.

The association strives to help and encourage students and graduates of CEIPI in their professional career, but also wants to be a privileged place to forge personal ties between its members.

The association’s website offers a section of job offers and a discussion forum.

The association organizes many events during the year. For more information on events and to join the association: https://www.aaceipi.com/

CEIPI graduates 2018/2019 during the diploma handout ceremony organized by AACEIPI

AMP CEIPI - Association of Professional Masters of CEIPI

The Association of Professional Masters of CEIPI (AMP CEIPI) was created in October 2018. This association aims to ensure the promotion of training provided by CEIPI. First, by helping students of professional masters to participate in various competitions and events of intellectual property: Oxford Moot Court, EIPIN or CN2PI.

But above all, the common goal of students through the creation of this association is the organization of its own events. The association offers conferences on current issues, in collaboration with CEIPI professors and researchers.

Click below for further information regarding its activities:

The students of the association and the speakers, during the last event organized by the AMP, on 28 November 2019, Mock trial on the trade mark « les paillettes »


Internship offer: Legal intern in Intellectual Property

We are looking for a legal intern expected to advance the educational and research missions of the CEIPI. This internship can be taken while studying for the bar exam.

To view the offer, click here.

Employment offers

Find on CEIPI’s website, section “Employment offers” several offers for employment and internships regularly updated, in the Intellectual property field (patents engineers, lawyers).


Winter holidays

We inform you that the CEIPI will be closed from December 20 in the evening to January 6, 2020 in the morning.

We wish to all of you a very Happy Holiday Season!

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