University diploma in European Union Trade Mark and Community Design Law hybrid learning

The third edition of the University Diploma in "European Union Trade Mark and Community Design Law" will be held in a hybrid format: on-site (in Strasbourg) and online learning.


The University Diploma in “European Union Trade Mark and Community Design Law” is a professional training program for students and practitioners (and future practitioners) active in this area.

It has been particularly designed to prepare candidates for the French Qualifying Exams in Trade Marks and Designs and for professional examinations leading to a career as a judge or attorney.

The Diploma aims to provide:

  • An up-to-date and in-depth knowledge of EU Trade Mark and design law and the EU legal framework on Community designs.
  • Training in comparative Trade Mark and Design law for several key jurisdictions that are steadily gaining importance for the European practitioner, including the United States and Japan.
  • Insight in to how developments in information technology are influencing the application and enforcement of Trade Mark and design law and related businesses.

Teaching language: English.


  • A good English level
  • Must have completed at least one Master 1 in Private law
  • Applications from candidates who have already obtained:

- the CEIPI diploma in “Patents” and/or “Trade Marks and Designs”


- a Masters 2 in private law

are especially welcome.

Application and Admission

An admission committee composed of academics and professionals reviews the application to verify the English level, the level of studies and to evaluate the motivation of candidates.

Deadline for applications: 31 October 2022

See "Information and registration" at the bottom of the page.

Educational objectives

The number of European Union Trade Marks filed every year exceeds 150 000 applications, whereas the number of Community Design applications filed on a yearly basis exceeds 100 000. In addition the European Union Intellectual Property Office receives oppositions in excess of 20 000, more than 1 000 invalidity actions and close to 3 000 appeals to the Boards.

In this context, this University Diploma provides a unique opportunity to learn from highly qualified practitioners, academics and EUIPO officials the ins and outs of these EU Uniform IP Rights. The training program has the objective of providing a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of European and comparative trade mark and design law.

It will focus on the following areas:

  • Filing applications for the registration of European Union Trade Marks and Community designs
  • Responding to office actions, initiating oppositions, invalidity and appeal proceedings and responding thereto
  • Infringement and litigation.

Learning outcomes

Skills and competencies acquired by participants at the conclusion of the training program:

  • This program will prepare participants for the French Qualifying exams in Trade Marks and Designs and for careers as lawyers and judges specializing in intellectual property law;
  • This program will also provide a foundation for further studies at the Institute of Juridical Studies and the School of Management of the University of Strasbourg.

Course and exam schedule for the academic year 2022/2023

  • Week 1: from 21 to 26 November, 2022 - Hybrid
  • Week 2: from 23 to 28 January, 2023 - Online
  • Week 3: from 20 to 25 March, 2023 - Online
  • Week 4: from 24 to 29 April, 2023 - Hybrid

Dates for written and oral examinations (subject to modification):

These dates will be communicated later.


WEEK 1 :Introduction to the EUTM system and absolute grounds of refusal

  • Introduction  to the EUTM
  • The functions of the EUTM
  • Type of marks
  • Absolute grounds for refusal – general principles
  • Article 7 (1)(a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k) EUTMR
  • Article 7(3) EUTMR: acquired distinctiveness
  • The life cycle of a mark
  • Workshop: drafting response to an objection from the examiner

WEEK 2 :Relative grounds: introduction to opposition proceedings

  • Introduction to US Trade Mark Law
  • Overview of the opposition procedure
  • Article 8(1)(a) EUTMR: Double identity
  • Article 8(1)(b) EUTMR: Likelihood of confusion
  • Article 8(3) EUTMR: Unauthorised filing by agents of the TM proprietor
  • Article 8(4) EUTMR: Opposition based on Business names, domain names, non-registered trade marks
  • Article 8(5) EUTMR: Opposition based on Trade marks with reputation
  • Article 8(6) EUTMR: Opposition based on Protected Geographical Indications
  • Opposition: settling the disputes
  • Workshop : Settling the disputes

WEEK 3 : EU Trade Mark Litigation

  • Revocation proceedings
  • Invalidity based on absolute & relative grounds
  • Proceedings before the Boards of appeal
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution, including arbitration and mediation
  • Actions before the General Court
  • Introduction to Japanese Trade mark law
  • Workshop: Drafting Statement of ground

WEEK 4 : Infringement of EU Trade Marks and EU Design Law

  • Infringement
  • Prohibited acts
  • Comparative advertising
  • Parody of a trade mark
  • Exhaustion
  • Remedies
  • Customs seizures
  • Introduction to Community design Law
  • Application for a Community design
  • Design invalidity proceedings
  • Infringement proceedings


The training program will be taught by European and international experts in the areas of trade mark and design law including judges, practitioners and academics.

Speakers include:

Géraldine Arbant, Partner, Bird & Bird
Christoph Bartos, Member of EUIPO’s Board of Appeal
Yann Basire, Associate Professor at CEIPI, University of Strasbourg, Director General and Director of the French Section of CEIPI
Valérie Laure Benabou, Professor, Private Law at Versailles-Saint Quentin University
Julien Canlorbe, Partner Momentum Avocats, Paris
Arnaud Folliard-Monguiral, International Cooperation and Legal Affairs Department (ICLAD), EUIPO
Benjamin Fontaine, EGYP - Ernest Gutmann -Plasseraud
Eléonore Gaspar, Partner, DTMV & Associés (Paris) and Former President of the French Group of International Association for the Protection of Industrial Property (AIPPI)
Iza Junkar, Senior Associate, Hogan Lovells
Mehmet Kalafatogl, Professor, Koç University Law School
Natalia Kapyrina, Associate professor, Moscow State Institute of International Relations
Caroline Le Goffic, Associate Professor, University Paris Descartes
Silvère Lefèvre, Legal Secretary, General Court of the European Union
Paul Maier, Director, EUIPO’s Observatory
Stefan Martin, Member of EUIPO’s Board of Appeal
David Musker, Professor, Queen Mary University of London
Alexandre Nappey, Partner SCAN Avocats, Paris
Cinzia Negro, Member of EUIPO’s Board of Appeal
Nicolas Nord, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Strasbourg
Ben Quarmby, Partner Molo Lamken LLP, New York
Shoko Tsutsui, Patent and Trademark Attorney of Japan, TSUTSUI & Associates, Tokyo

Teaching methods

The program is conducted in English through lectures, seminars and workshops involving case studies.

Furthermore students are expected to engage in independent studies such as reading, case studies preparation and research.

Training/course material

Course materials are made available to students in electronic form on an internal platform dedicated to training and via e-mail.

Type of training and certification

This training constitutes an action of adaptation and development of skills. It leads to the award of the University Diploma "European Union Trade Mark and Community Design Law", provided that the knowledge and skills assessment procedures are met, which are made known to the students.

Evaluation and examination

A written and an oral examination are held at the end of the courses, covering the subjects taught during the classes.

The students who have completed their studies successfully, will be awarded the University Diploma “EUROPEAN UNION TRADE MARK AND COMMUNITY DESIGN LAW” by the President of the University of Strasbourg.


Duration of the program: 1 year consisting of four course sessions and one examination session. It takes place from November to June.


As an indication, the courses take place from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. as well as on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon.



Centre d'Etudes Internationales de la Propriété Intellectuelle
Université de Strasbourg
Bâtiment le CARDO
7 rue de l’Ecarlate
CS 20024
67082 Strasbourg Cedex

Distance learning :

Video conferencing platform

Registration Fees

  • Continuing training (including tuition fees): 3 500 euros

Heads of studies

Associate Professor at CEIPI, University of Strasbourg, Director General and Director of the French Section of CEIPI

Member of EUIPO’s Board of Appeal


Intellectual Property Law