Course on Patent Litigation in Europe

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 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)!

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 admitted to the course must be entered on the list of representatives before the European Patent Office (European Patent Attorneys) and should have acquired at least 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 may also attend the course upon request and on a case by case decision.

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

The 2017/2018 course will be held in Strasbourg on the following dates:

Module 1: October 20/21, 2017
Module 2: November 17/18, 2017
Module 3: December 1/2, 2017
Module 4: January 19/20, 2018
Module 5: February 16/17, 2018
Module 6: March 9/10, 2018
Module 7: April 13/14, 2018
Seminar: May 3-5, 2018

The oral control is foreseen for June 8/9, 2018

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Tuition fees

The fee is 3 250 € (subject to approval by the Strasbourg University Administration Board)

Course direction

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