The basic course usually lasts two years (except for a few intensive two-semester courses) and starts either in Autumn or at the beginning of the calendar year.
The courses usually consist of twenty sessions per year, of about three hours each, held at the end of the day, during which the topics and cases previously studied by the participants are discussed; questions are also answered and advice necessary for the following parts of the course is given. The success of the "tutorial" depends on the active co-operation of the candidates, through their own contributions and studies of the case-law.
In the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, the basic training courses are currently, and as long as this will be necessary, exclusively organized online. As soon as the epidemiological situation permits, a return to the on-site training format is planned, with the opportunity, however, of attending some of these courses online if interested candidates do not have the possibility to join an on-site course near their living or working place.
In addition to the existing courses, CEIPI is offering, since 2021, a basic training course in European patent law exclusively organized online. This two-year course is so far held in English language and aims at giving the opportunity to candidates living far from the existing courses, to also attend this training. CEIPI intends to set up complementary online courses in case of a sufficient number of participants. Interested candidates are invited to already register on the waiting list.
If you wish to obtain more information about those courses, please contact the secretariat of the international section.