Organization of Research seminars, Events and Conferences

Series of conferences on the intellectual property ecosystem

Following the success of last year's online conferences (available on Youtube), CEIPI is pleased to launch a new series of conferences entitled "The IP ecosystem: challenges and opportunities". This space for reflection and debate aims at gathering the stakeholders of the vast IP ecosystem, of which CEIPI is also part of, and giving them the floor. In this perspective, CEIPI will have the honour to welcome specialists from all sectors related to intellectual property, both from France and abroad, with whom CEIPI has strong collaboration links.

  • 30 March 2021 : Data: Europe's big business: défis et opportunités with Colette Bouckaert, Jean-Marie Cavada and Benjamin Martin-Tardivat

Conference-debate “Discussion around copyright” at the Librairie Kléber, Strasbourg

In the framework of the “Lecture series of Kléber Bookshop”, which brighten up the cultural life of the city of Strasbourg, CEIPI organizes monthly conference-debate on current issues of copyright.

Intellectual property is no longer, today, only a matter of specialized lawyers, but a regular topic of the public debate, especially thanks to the digital revolution but also thanks to its influence on fundamental societal questions, such as access to knowledge or the appropriation of living things. The upcoming European Commission's copyright reform and other international treaty negotiations show the importance and topicality of these subjects. The topic of these lectures will focus on issues related to copyright and neighboring rights, as well as issues related to the evolution of patent law and trademark law.

The fact that the “intellectual property is part of the public debate” leads the CEIPI of wanting to bring its knowledge and know-how in the framework of open debates and broadly participatory as possible, and no longer only to specialists and students in Law.

These lectures are moderated by Mr. Franck Macrez, Associate Professor at CEIPI. Speakers are academics, practitioners (legal practitioners, lawyers ...), journalists, politicians (institutional, parliamentarians ...), business leaders.

  • 20 May 2020 : Stop Covid » : ferment du capitalisme de surveillance ?  Link to the video:
  • 6 March 2020: Quel avenir pour le statut d’artiste-auteur ? À propos du rapport Racine with Stéphanie Le Cam and Samantha Bailly
  • 22 January 2020: Le dossier médical partagé : quelle propriété pour les données de santé ? avec Caroline Zorn and Gabriel Nisand
  • 29 November 2019: Open access, copyright and flow of knowledge with Mélanie Clément-Fontaine and Yannick Hoarau
  • 3 June 2019: The digital transformation of the Justice System with Pascal Créhange, Thierry Ghera and Yannick Meneceur (moderated by Raphaël Eckert)
  • 28 February 2019: Collective management of copyright: what transparency? with Gilles Vercken et Marc Rees
  • 16 November 2018: The trade secret: legitimate business protection or danger to the right to information? with Bertrand Warusfel and Pierre France
  • 6 July 2018: Softwares and free licences with François Pellegrini and Benjamin Jean
  • 23 May 2018: Inspiration, copie, plagiat, parodie… Autoriser ou interdire ? with Stéphanie Carre and Laurence Dreyfuss-Bechmann
  • 24 April 2018: Réécrire le droit à l'ère numérique with Antoine Garapon and Jean Lassègue
  • 13 March 2018: Multilatéralisme vs bilatéralisme en matière de régulation de la propriété intellectuelle : l’exemple du traité transatlantique (TTIP) with José Bové, Christophe Geiger and Catherine Trautmann
  • 15 February 2018: Les perspectives d’évolution du droit d’auteur with Michel Vivant and Gilles Vercken
  • 12 January 2018: Réseaux sociaux et droit à l'image with Théo Hassler and Pascal Créhange

Research seminars

The CEIPI organizes monthly seminars as part of its research activity. The sessions are open to faculty, doctoral students and graduates of the doctoral program of the CEIPI.

In each session a participant presents original research which is then open to discussion. Certain seminars also deal with intellectual property news.
For further information on these seminars, please do not hesitate to contact  Stéphanie Carre, Associate Professor at the CEIPI and the University of Strasbourg :

You can download below the calendars of the 2015 and 2014 seminars.

Conferences within the framework of the EIPIN Network

CEIPI is member of the EIPIN - European Intellectual Property Institutes Network Network which aim is to facilitate contacts and increase cooperation among IP institutions and students in Europe. You can download below the programmes of the conferences held in Strasbourg since 2008.

From 25 to 26 April 2018, CEIPI organized the 19th Congress of the EIPIN network at the premises of the European Parliament in Strasbourg entitled “Enforcing Intellectual Property in Trade and Investment Agreements: What Safeguards for its Social Function?”.

The video conference, the contributions and photos are available on our website at the Proceedings of conferences section.

The CEIPI hosted, in partnership with the members of the EIPIN network and the Spangenberg Center for Law, Technology & the Arts (Case Western Reserve University School of Law, Cleveland USA), the 17th EIPIN Congress, held in Strasbourg, from the 28th to 30th January 2016, Palais universitaire. The topic of the Congress was “Intellectual Property and the Judiciary”.

The presentations of the participants and the pictures gallery are available under the heading "Proceedings of conferences".

You can also watch the videos of the presentations online on the website canalc2 of the University of Strasbourg.

From April 5 to 7, 2013, the CEIPI organized and hosted the Congress of the European Intellectual Property Institutes Network (EIPIN) on the topic: "Human Rights and Intellectual Property: From Concepts to Practice".

Click here to see all the presentations.

You can see the video recordings of the presentations of days 6 and 7 April online on the website canalc2 of the University of Strasbourg (presentations of April 5 have not been videotaped).

On February 24 to 25, 2011, the CEIPI organized a conference at the European Parliament of Strasbourg on the topic: "Constructing European IP law: achievements and new perspectives".

On the occasion of this conference, Christophe Geiger, Director general of the CEIPI, gave an interview to the press agency AEF (Agence Education Formation) the 16th March 2011. You can find it here (only in french).


The presentations of the participants are now available under the heading "Proceedings of conferences".
You can also watch the videos of the presentations online on the website canalc2 of the University of Strasbourg.

One-day seminars of the CEIPI Research Department

Since 2006 the Research Department has been organizing one-day seminars on new developments in intellectual property law.

The one-day Seminar wasn't held in 2018.

The one-day Seminars were not held between 2009 and 2013.

Organization of Symposiums

The CEIPI has organized in collaboration with CASRIP a public symposium on Friday March 27, 2015, headed with “Latest developments in Patent Litigation in Europe and the US: Perspectives from the Judiciary”, which took place at the Palais universitaire de Strasbourg.

To celebrate its 50th anniversary, the Center for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) at the University of Strasbourg organized a conference titled “Perspectives for the Intellectual Property System in a Globalized World” on 27th and 28th November 2014. Speakers’ presentations, the recording of the conference and a gallery of pictures are available on the CEIPI website.


On April 26 and 27, 2012, the CEIPI in partnership with the french and internatinal departments, has organized a conference at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on the topic: “What Patent Law for the European Union?”. More information concerning this conference can be found below.
Click here to see all the presentations. You can also watch the videos of the presentations online on the website canalc2 of the University of Strasbourg.

The CEIPI, in conjunction with the University of Liège, has organized the annual APRAM / Universities workshop on March 21, 2011 : "Towards an « overprotection » of well-known trademarks?".
You may download the program of this conference below.

On April 16 and 17, 2010, the CEIPI in partnership with the french and internatinal departments, has organized a conference at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on the topic: "Towards a European Patent Court".

Click here to see all the presentations.

More information concerning this conference can be found below.

The CEIPI Research Laboratory has organized in June 2009 an important conference in honour of Professor Yves REBOUL. The topic was: "Challenges of trademark law in the XXIst century". You may download the program of this conference below.

The Research Department has organized in September 2007 a French-German Symposium on the History of Copyright, You may download the program below.

Conferences at CEIPI

On Tuesday, 24th November 2015, the CEIPI had the honour to welcome the Vice-President of the European Commission in charge of the Digital Single Market, Mr. Andrus Ansip, for a conference-debate on the topic of the future copyright reform in the EU: “Is copyright in the EU fit for the 21st century?”

Mr. Ansip, former Prime Minister of Estonia, was appointed Vice-President of the European Commission in 2014, where he is in charge of the digital market portfolio. The modernisation of Europe’s copyright rules is an essential step towards completing the European digital single market. The European Commission has vowed to table its proposals for a “copyright regime fit for the digital age” in 2015. The debate was animated and introduced by Mr. Christophe Geiger, Professor at the University of Strasbourg and Director General of CEIPI.

On this occasion, the President of the University of Strasbourg, Mr. Alain Beretz pronounced the opening remarks.

Link to the Video recording of the conference:

On March 5, 2014, Mr Yves Lapierre, Director General of the French National office of Industrial Property (INPI), gave a presentation at  CEIPI on the topic : "The evolutions of the IP professions”. Please click here for access to the presentation of Mr  ves Lapierre (in french).

A round table organized by the CEIPI (Strasbourg) and the ZAR (University of Karslruhe) took place on May 22, 2012 in Karlsruhe (Germany) on the topic “Fair use, creative use and appropriation art: Challenges for modern Copyright law”. Barton Beebe, Professor at the NYU School of Law and Visiting Professor at the CEIPI, Christophe Geiger, Director General of the CEIPI and Thomas Dreier, Professor at the Zentrum für Angewandte Rechtswissenschaft (ZAR) took part to this round table.

We are very pleased to announce that Mr. Alexander Nikolayevich Grigoriev, President of the Eurasian Patent Organization (EAPO), gave a conference at the CEIPI on December 9, 2010. on the topic: "The Eurasian Patent Organization - Its Place and Role in the Worldwide Patent System".

You can find here a short biography of Dr. Grigoriev and the poster of this conference.

CEIPI is proud to announce that Mr Francis Gurry, General Director of the World Intellectual Property Organization (W.I.P.O.) and President of the CEIPI Administrative Board gave a public lecture at the CEIPI on March, 19, 2010.

The topic was : "Intellectual Property, a Changing International Landscape".

CEIPI Series of Lectures : Institutional, political and social perspectives on intellectual property (2012-2018)

Between 2012 and 2018, CEIPI organized a serie of lectures in order to give a voice to eminent members of national, international and European institutions, political representatives as well as members of the civil society so as to enable them to express their point of view and to debate with experts of intellectual property law.

CEIPI Series of Lectures: (RE)thinking Intellectual Property (2009-2019)

Fundamental Questions and New Perspectives

Between 2009 and 2019, CEIPI organized a series of lectures, allowing scholars, researchers or practitioners to propose an inventive glance on intellectual property.