The European Intellectual Property Institutes Network has five partners:
The Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute, which is part of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary, University of London, is an internationally renowned research institution in intellectual property law and related areas of commercial law. Its members and visiting staff are regular speakers at international conferences and have acted as advisors for many international organisations such as WIPO, the European Patent Office and the European Commission as well as for non-governmental organisations. Research is carried out in all fields of intellectual property law, taking an international and comparative perspective. The Centre for Commercial law Studies offers a range of qualifications for both lawyers and non-lawyers. Predominantly for graduates of natural sciences (and especially those aspiring to become patent attorneys), a Certificate in Intellectual Property law and a Masters degree in IP Management are offered which include teaching in the foundation subjects of IP (copyright and design, competition, patent and trade mark law) as well as further elective options. For law graduates, a broad range of options in more specialised areas of IP is available on the Queen Mary LL.M.(Intellectual Property) program. In addition, a Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice is offered. Around thirty Ph.D. projects complement the vibrant research culture.
The Magister Lvcentinvs (ML) of the University of Alicante is a Legum Magister (LL.M). It started in 1994, the founding year of the agency responsible for registration of trademarks and designs of the European Union, the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM).
The Magister Lvcentinvs has become one of the most prestigious and up-to-date European education centers on specialized subject-matters such as patents, trademarks, designs and copyright, which are fundamental for the development of the society. Leading academic and professional institutions across the world collaborate with the University of Alicante in delivering the course, including the OHIM, the European Patent Office (EPO), the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and the Spanish Patents and Trademarks Office (SPTO).
The faculty includes more than one hundred national and international lecturers, all of whom are well known specialist in their field.
The Magister Lvcentinvs offers a nine-month program in which students learn about national, European and International Intellectual Property systems through highly orientated practical sessions (delivered in both Spanish and English). It is possible to enroll to the Masters program at the beginning of each of its three Specialist Modules, it means in September, January or mid-March. The modules could be studied in different years and once the student completes all of them, he will get the Master´s degree.
The Advanced Masters in Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management (IPKM) offered at Maastricht University offer a unique way for lawyers, graduates of science and technology or economics and business studies to learn about intellectual property and its role in innovation and economic development in an international classroom. IPKM offers distinct specialization tracks, such as an LLM degree focusing on comparative IP litigation and/or entrepreneurship, valorization and IP management, and an MSc degree for graduates of science and technology aspiring to become patent attorneys. The MSc degree is accredited by the European Patent Office (EPO) for EQE remission.
All education in the IPKM is offered in the form of Socratic teaching and problem-based learning using real-life cases. This integrated curriculum design makes it is possible for the students with diverse skills and knowledge and coming from diverse cultures to learn not only from the experts, but also from each other, most notably in the courses that all tracks have in common.
There is a direct link between IPKM and the Institute for Globalisation and International Regulation (IGIR), a renowned multidisciplinary research institute in international economic law based at Maastricht University's Faculty of Law, which is home to its resident and non-resident research fellows and PhD candidates in intellectual property law and policy. IPKM students hereby have access to seminars, expert lectures, and a vibrant research community. The IPKM is offered in a one-year intensive, or two-year part-time variant.
The Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (“CEIPI”), founded in 1963, is an institute of the University of Strasbourg. Its mandate is to provide high level teaching and to undertake research in all fields of intellectual property. The Centre is managed by a Director General, Christophe Geiger, Associate Professor at the University of Strasbourg, who was appointed in 2008.
Today, CEIPI offers various diplomas awarded by the University of Strasbourg. Their objective is to prepare engineers, scientists or legal practitioners for professional examinations in industrial property. Similarly, CEIPI is also in charge of seminars and courses whose goal is to prepare future legal representatives for the European qualifying exam. Furthermore, next to its various LL.M. programmes in intellectual property designed for law graduates, CEIPI also offers established professionals the opportunity to acquire specialised knowledge by obtaining a diploma in Patent Litigation in Europe, or an LL.M. in Intellectual Property Law and Management.
CEIPI’s Research Department completes the Centre’s academic endeavour. It is focused on the evolution of intellectual property in the knowledge-based society. The department’s activities include publications, participation in European and international projects, as well as organisation of academic events, legal workshops, and conferences. The Research Department is moreover responsible for the LL.M. in European and International Intellectual Property Law.
Beyond a close co-operation with the main professional bodies and national institutional partners in the intellectual property field such as the Institut national de la propriété industrielle (INPI), CEIPI is committed to an international approach through co-operation agreements with the principal European and international organisations in the IP field; these include for instance the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the European Patent Office (EPO) or the African Intellectual Property Organisation (OAPI).
The Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC), established in 2003, provides graduate education and conducts expert level research in all areas of intellectual property and competition law. The MIPLC is a cooperative endeavor among the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law, the University of Augsburg, the Technische Universität München, and The George Washington University Law School, Washington D.C.
The MIPLC offers an LL.M. program focused on “Intellectual Property and Competition Law” for students from all over the world. The MIPLC LL.M. program is unique due to its strong international and interdisciplinary focus. Our wide spectrum of courses covers all areas of U.S., European and international intellectual property and competition law, as well as the related areas of economics and business administration. Graduates thus acquire the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills necessary to deal with global IP issues.
MIPLC class size is small and gives students ample opportunity to ask questions and discuss matters with our expert faculty. Our teaching methods heavily emphasize problem-oriented learning and case studies. In addition, each student is assigned a personal tutor who provides personalized assistance. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, with students and faculty from all over the world, the MIPLC provides a place to improve intercultural and interdisciplinary communication skills, and to form personal and professional networks that span the globe.
The MIPLC LL.M. is one year of full-time intensive classroom instruction and study with practical experience and relevant extracurricular activities. Enrollment is limited to 32 students per year. The language of instruction is English.