Course on Patent Litigation in Europe 2019-2020 17th Edition

Structure and time frame

leaflet Patent Litigation in EuropeThe course on Patent Litigation in Europe organized 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 on the European Patent Litigation Certificate and other Appropriate Qualifications pursuant to Article 48(2) of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court). 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 economize on time and travel arrangements). Lunches are included and we have negotiated rates for CEIPI participants in different hotels in Strasbourg.

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.


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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 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 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

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  • Module 2 University of Strasbourg November 15 & 16, 2019
  • Module 3 University of Strasbourg December 13 & 14, 2019
  • Module 4 University of Strasbourg January 17 & 18, 2020
  • Module 5 University of Strasbourg February 14 & 15, 2020
  • Module 6 University of Strasbourg March 13 & 14, 2020
  • Module 7 University of Strasbourg April 17 & 18, 2020
  • Module 8 – Mock Trial University of Strasbourg May 14,15 & 16, 2020
  • Module 9 University of Strasbourg June 12 (TBC)

Tuition fees


Registration is not open yet but if you are interested you can make a "pre-registration" writing an email to Isabelle Mahoudeau:

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