The European vocation of CEIPI, issuing directly from its own history, is expressed in the richly significant words "international studies".
The impact of CEIPI and also the place which was chosen for it are due to many factors. Neither the year of its inception nor the choice of Strasbourg as headquarters of the Centre are matters of chance.
We shall firstly mention the direct influence of the Council of Europe, also based in Strasbourg, which initiated the Europeanisation of patent law: the first important piece of work on uniform European law was completed in 1963 with the signature in Strasbourg of the Convention harmonising certain elements of patent law.
CEIPI's international vocation was soon actually to be mirrored in its internal organisation. The Centre comprised three sections. The French section delivered courses for French specialists in intellectual property at national and international levels. The international section devoted its programme to training in licensing agreements and was aimed at French and foreign specialists wishing to acquire the necessary knowledge of international law. The research section was devised as a structure whose function was to co-ordinate the entire range of activity on the subject.
But it is also thanks to its very close and long-standing links with the EPO that CEIPI was able to acquire the European dimension for which it is now acknowledged.
The CEIPI Administrative Council appointed R. Singer, Director of the international section, to carry out a two-fold task: provide the necessary support for preparing the classes, and the administrative basis required for their proper functioning. This work, for which the support of J.J.Burst was decisive, brought the CEIPI / EPO relationship to the attention of the outside world for the first time. Meanwhile close links were being forged with EPI, which led to the "CEIPI / EPI basic training course on European patent law" in its present form.