Course on Patent Litigation in Europe 2020-2021 18th Edition

Structure and time frame

leaflet Patent Litigation in EuropeThe Center for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) Diploma on Patent Litigation in Europe is a training program crafted for patent professionals willing to deepen and update their knowledge in comparative and regional patent law and patent litigation.

International and European in contents, speakers and participants, the CEIPI diploma provides a hands-on immersion in the systemic aspects of patent litigation and the most recent patent litigation practices.

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 composed of seven modules of two days each (schedule : Friday 9:00 to Saturday 16:30), and a seminar of three days in May. All conferences are organized in Strasbourg at CEIPI. In the event of restrictions due to the health situation, the conferences will be switched to distance learning mode (videoconferences).

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 experience in patent litigation (as counsel to parties, experts or judges in private practice or appointed by the courts)

  • 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.

Examination pass rate : 2017-2018 = 100% - 2018-2019 = 100%
Consult us for previous sessions.

Lecturers and languages

The lectures are given by experts from different member states (see our brochure). The lectures are in English.

Additionally to the presentations, a mock trial will be organized.

Course schedule 2020-2021

    • Module 1: October 16-17, 2020
    • Module 2: November 13-14, 2020 

    • Module 3: December 11-12, 2020 

    • Module 4: January 15-16, 2021

    • Module 5: February 19-20, 2021

    • Module 6: March 19-20, 2021

    • Module 7: April 16-17, 2021 

    • Module 8: May 27-28-29, 2021 

    • Module 9: June 11, 2021 

Total of 120 hours.

All conferences are organized in Strasbourg at CEIPI. In case of restrictions banning intra-european travels or events organization, the conferences will be switched to distance learning mode (videoconferences).

For reference please find here the 2019-2020 detailed program. 

Tuition fees: 3,850€


Please send the following documents by mail to Mrs Isabelle Mahoudeau ( in order to register : 

- the application form with required documents

- the registration document corresponding to your situation :

     * the agreement if you work abroad 

     * if you work in France and your company pays for the training: the "convention de formation professionnelle

     * if you work in France and you pay for your training yourself: the "contrat de formation professionnelle

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:

Thierry Debled
Director of the International Section of the CEIPI