European and international Intellectual Property Law

Training system(s): Initial training

Teaching language(s) : French

Teaching methods: Face-to-face teaching only


The aim of the "European and International Intellectual Property Law" course is to enable students to grasp all the dimensions of intellectual property law, as embodied in French law, foreign law and above all European Union and international law.

The course is designed to meet the need for future intellectual property professionals to be open to Europe and the rest of the world. It is characterized by its approach not only to substantive law, but also to its institutional dimension. Finally, the program is designed to meet the needs of students wishing to engage in research, by providing in-depth training in research methods, which will be applied in the writing of a dissertation.

Graduates will be able to pursue doctoral studies or embark on a professional career. The program, which also includes practical work experience, will enable students to enter a wide range of intellectual property professions (some of which require a specific professional examination):

  • self-employed professionals (lawyers, industrial property attorneys, artists' representatives),
  • company lawyers (industrial property, literary and artistic property),
  • civil servants in national or European Union industrial property administrations,
  • officials of international organizations.

Teaching program

Master 1 and Master 2 Teaching program (available only in French)


Recruitment criteria

Admission to this course is by application.

Admission to M1:

It presupposes an excellent level of undergraduate studies, assessed on the basis of the candidate's results in all subjects, as well as a sound legal culture. The candidate's course of study must be coherent, with satisfactory marks in fundamental subjects such as the law of obligations, commercial law, property law, special contract law and European Union law. Knowledge of intellectual property law, private international law and/or competition and distribution law is appreciated. A very good level of English (B2) is also required.

Admission to M2: 

The "European and International Intellectual Property Law" course is open to students who have completed an M1 in Private Law, European Law, International Private Law, Comparative Law, Business Law or Intellectual Property (or equivalent), or an M1 in Political Science.

Students must have completed the following subjects (or equivalent) during their studies: European business law, intellectual property and societal issues, intellectual property law, alternative dispute resolution, law of obligations, property law, private international law, European Union law, and knowledge of French and European institutions.
An excellent level of English (B2 minimum) and experience of studying abroad are required. An initial introduction to intellectual property law is an asset.
Foreign students, whether or not they are nationals of the European Union, must meet conditions equivalent to those listed above, and provide proof of a C1 level in French.


Study arrangements

The course offers the following special arrangements, among those proposed here:

  • Exemption from attendance (by this we mean that the student is exempt from attendance at classes and/or sporadically (TD/TP) depending on the constraints linked to certain activities, performances, competitions, obligations linked to mandates, convocations, etc.).
  • Authorization to study over two years: CEIPI's General Manager may authorize students to study over two years, on the recommendation of the degree coordinator and on production of supporting documents corresponding to the special regime.

Professional integration

Référentiel ROME

Target professions

  • Representation before the French Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle (INPI) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), as well as representation before foreign and international offices,
  • In-house counsel specializing in all techniques for developing and marketing, through all forms of distribution, products and services incorporating intellectual property rights, both nationally and internationally,
  • Lawyer in charge of the evaluation, enhancement and protection of companies' intangible assets,- Magistrate specialized in intellectual property law,
  • Industrial property attorney specializing in trademarks and designs,
  • Lawyers with specific qualifications in intellectual property law or commercial, business and competition law,
  • Officials of national, European or international offices and institutions.