26-27 April 2012: What Patent Law for the European Union?

CEIPI Conference

April 26-27, 2012
European Parliament of Strasbourg

On April 26 and 27, 2012, the Center for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) is organizing a conference at the European Parliament of Strasbourg on the topic: "What Patent Law for the European Union?" coordinated by Christophe Geiger, Director General of the CEIPI, and under the high patronage of Catherine Trautmann, Member of the European Parliament.

The European Patent System stands at crossroads. Whereas an agreement on the European Union patent was expected, the creation of such an instrument has encountered certain difficulties. As a consequence, the European institutions decided to implement a European patent with “unitary effect” through the mechanism of enhanced co-operation. At the same time, the Court of Justice of the European Union (the CJUE) issued a negative opinion on the legislative proposals to create a European Patent Court. The need to reflect on the future of the patent system in the European Union is felt as never before.
In this perspective, the CEIPI has brought together renowned academics, eminent professionals, judges as well as institutional representatives in the intellectual property field for a conference on the question: “What Patent Law for the European Union?”.

CEIPI is pleased to propose the presentations of the participants to this conference.

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

Session 1

Session 2


Module 2: What court system for the European Union?

Session 4


Module 3: What models for the patent of the European Union?