University Diploma - Long tuition in Patents

Training system(s): Initial training; Continuing education

Teaching language(s) : French

Teaching methods: Face-to-face teaching only


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 course starts in mid-September and finishes in mid-February. However, students still attend two weeks of training during the second semester.

    The benefits of training

    The long cycle is open to candidates with little or no professional experience in patent law.

    From mid-February to the end of June, students can :

    • also take the 'Trademarks and Designs' course, thereby acquiring a complete specialisation in industrial property law. The complete "Patents" and "Trademarks, Designs and Models" long cycle (two semesters) may be eligible for the six-month reduction in professional experience for preparation for the European Qualifying Examination.
    • choose to acquire professional experience as an employee or trainee in an industrial property firm or in the industrial property department of a large company.


    Recruitment criteria

    Admission to this degree is by application.


    Candidates must complete an online pre-registration form accessible via this link.

    Application campaign 2024-2025: from 25 March to 23 June 2024

    Tuition fees 2024-2025

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

    En formation continue (droits universitaires inclus) : 

    • 2 380 € pour le module "Brevets d'invention" uniquement
    • 3 650 € pour les modules "Brevets d'invention" + "Marques, Dessins et Modèles"

    Cette formation est éligible au financement CPF

    En formation initiale :

    • 1 930 € pour le module "Brevet" uniquement
    • 3 190 € pour les modules "Brevets d'invention" + "Marques, Dessins et Modèles"

    NB : En plus des droits d'inscription ci-dessus, chaque étudiant en formation initiale dans un établissement d’enseignement supérieur doit obligatoirement s’acquitter:

    Pour plus d'information, consultez la page dédiée sur le site de l'université

    Réinscription au D.U. "Brevets d'invention" ou "Marques, Dessins et Modèles" :

    • en formation continue : 975€ (droits universitaires inclus)
    • en formation initiale : 645€ (hors droits universitaires)

    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).

    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)