University Diploma - Accelerated tuition in Patents hybrid learning

Training system(s): Continuing education

Teaching language(s) : French

Teaching methods: Hybrid (face-to-face and online)


The effective protection and development of inventions through patent law in France, Europe and the rest of the world requires the training of high-level specialists with a dual skill set:

  •  the scientific and technical skills needed to understand the realities of inventions,
  •  the legal skills needed to translate technology into the language of law.

These are patents.
Since its creation, CEIPI's mission has been to train scientists and engineers to prepare for the professional examinations required to become French and European patent agents before the offices (INPI French office and EPO European office). The training programme is designed to provide the best possible preparation for these professions.

The skills targeted by the diploma are as follows:

  • Applying intellectual property law.
  •  Defining and guaranteeing the legal protection of inventions and innovations.
  •  Applying the procedures for obtaining industrial property titles and, in particular, patents in France, Europe and worldwide.
  • Advising the company director on the issues involved in the development strategy for the company's intangible assets.
  • Ensuring the security, defence and promotion of the interests and transactions carried out by companies under exclusive exploitation rights.
  • Drawing up and negotiating agreements (commercial, financial, industrial cooperation, licensing, etc.) Assessing, enhancing and protecting companies' intangible assets.

    Presentation and organisation of the teaching team

    The teaching team includes CEIPI's teacher-researchers and professionals from the intellectual property sector. Representatives of the main associations and professional bodies in this sector are also called upon to complete the teaching team.

    The benefits of training

    CEIPI offers a fast-track course that meets a twofold requirement: to provide alternating theoretical and practical training for people with experience in the industrial property profession.
    The courses take place in a hybrid form, as chosen by the trainees: face-to-face training (in Strasbourg) or distance learning.
    As this is a sandwich course, it is essential that the days of lectures given by CEIPI are supplemented by a sufficient level of professional practice.
    In view of the workload involved, it is not possible to enrol for the "patents" module and the "trademarks and designs" module in the same year.


    Recruitment criteria

    Admission to this degree is by application.


    Candidates must complete an online pre-registration form.

    Registration are closed.

    Application campaign 2024-2025: from 25 March to 26 May 2024.

    Tuition fees 2024-2025 :

    (Sous réserve de validation par le conseil d’administration de l’université)

    • En formation continue uniquement : 4 950€ (droits universitaires inclus)
      • Cette formation est éligible au financement CPF
    • Réinscription au D.U. "Brevets d'invention" en formation continue: 975€ (droits universitaires inclus)

    Compulsory prerequisites

    As the "patents" diploma awarded by CEIPI is essential for taking the professional qualification examination to become an industrial property attorney, CEIPI has therefore included in its prerequisites the obligation mentioned in 1° of article R. 421-1 of the Intellectual Property Code; as a result, candidates must have passed an M1 in science, private law or management science or hold one of the diplomas mentioned in article 1 of the Order of 23 September 2004 (as amended) implementing the provisions of articles R. 421-1, R. 421-2 and R. 421-5 to R. 421-8 of the Intellectual Property Code.
    The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors may decide to admit, on the basis of applications, candidates who do not hold one of the diplomas referred to in the decree of 23 September 2004, insofar as these diplomas are deemed equivalent and provided that the candidates can prove that they have sufficient previous professional training in the field of industrial property, in France or abroad.
    Students must have sufficient knowledge of English and/or German to easily understand the technical texts corresponding to their speciality in one of the official languages of the European Patent Office (English - German - French).

    For admission to the accelerated cycle, candidates must also provide proof of one year's seniority in the field of industrial property on the closing date for applications. Each employer will be required to complete a certificate relating to the terms and conditions of their professional activity.

    Professional integration

    Référentiel ROME


    Intellectual property offers a wide range of careers in both the private and public sectors.

    The private sector:
    Intellectual property departments: Most large companies have integrated intellectual property departments. The engineers and lawyers who work in these departments are responsible for protecting the company's trademarks, patents, designs and models. They take part in negotiations with the company's partners and help to combat counterfeiting.
    Careers as industrial property attorneys: These independent attorneys are organised as self-employed professionals. This profession offers its services to inventors and innovative companies, assisting them in all areas of intellectual property. Their main clients are SMEs. Large companies also use their services on a complementary basis. This is a regulated profession, and in particular it is necessary to pass a French or European qualification examination.

    The public sector:
    The granting of industrial property rights requires the intervention of public authorities. International organisations are involved in harmonising the law and creating genuine international and European instruments. For these reasons, the public sector offers many opportunities for industrial property specialists. For example

    • In France 
      •  Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle (INPI)
    • Abroad
      • European Patent Office (EPO)
      • European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)
      • World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)