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About the course

The EUIPO Trade Mark and Design Education Programme (ETMD EP) for practitioners is a practical programme, delivered by EUIPO staff, leading IP professionals and academics. The ETMD EP focuses on the interaction between the EUIPO and IP practitioners in trade mark and design registration and prosecution.

The programme has been designed to be a side activity to a normal full-time working commitment. Approximately 5 hours of weekly dedication is required in order to follow the scheduled activities, most of which can be undertaken at the student’s convenience.

A comprehensive curriculum of approximately 150 hours of tuition will guide participants through all aspects of European Union trade mark and Community design law and how the EUIPO applies the law in practice. It also covers proceedings before the Court of Justice of the European Union and other selected IP issues.

The course will be held in English only and will run from September to May, combining e-learning, live-streamed and recorded sessions and two workshop sessions that will take place at the EUIPO in Alicante, if the epidemiological situation allows. It will conclude with an examination, which is divided into two parts, a written and an oral exam.

The written exam is a homework assignment and students will have 4 weeks to submit it. The oral exam is an individual interview before an examination panel with duration of approximately 35-40 minutes during which students will have to defend their written exam followed by a series of questions based on all modules of the programme.

Successful candidates will be awarded an EUIPO certificate.

For further information related to the organisation of the ETMD EP for Practitioners, please refer to the ETMD EP Guidelines.

Admission

Registration is limited to 60 persons, on a first come, first served basis, and will be open from 17 May 2021 until 30 June 2021.

The admission requirements are as follows:

  • having the status of one of the following:
    • a legal practitioner qualified in a Member State of the European Economic Area (EEA) and having their place of business within the EEA, to the extent that they are entitled, within the EEA, to act as a representative in trade mark matters;
    • a professional representative admitted and entered on the lists maintained by the EUIPO pursuant to Article 120(1)(b) EUTMR and Article 78(1)(b) CDR.
  • EUIPO User Account;
  • tuition fees of EUR 1 500;
  • ability to work in English (C1 level of English is highly recommended).

For further information about professional representation before the EUIPO, please see the EUIPO’s Guidelines for Examination, Part A, General Rules, Section 5, Professional Representation.

Before applying, please note that the application form must be accompanied by a copy of your ID document or passport, your EUIPO User Account username and proof of payment of the tuition fees.

Programme of Studies

The programme of studies covers all areas of EU trade mark and Community design law, including general principles regarding proceedings before the EUIPO; examination of absolute grounds for refusal; responding to the Office’s actions; opposition and cancellation proceedings; mediation; appeal proceedings; actions for annulment before the General Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union; and trade mark enforcement issues. The part dedicated to design law will provide an introduction to registered Community designs, the application procedure and design invalidity proceedings.

The ETMD EP for Practitioners will be delivered by experts, including the EUIPO’s senior examiners, members and legal assistants of the Boards of Appeal, and members of the litigation team, as well as IP legal practitioners and university teachers.

Objectives

The Education Programme aims to:

  • increase knowledge of the legal framework of EU trade marks and Community designs, in particular the proceedings and practices of the EUIPO;
  • share best practices and improve the quality of applications and submissions before the EUIPO;
  • provide sound bases to develop successful strategies for registering, defending or attacking EU intellectual property rights using the EUIPO’s tools and systems.
Competencies

The Programme aims to improve the participants’ competencies in the following:

  • determining the correct sources of EU trade mark and Community design law to be applied to specific cases;
  • presenting cases without procedural errors and with well-structured evidence;
  • selecting appropriate types of trade mark according to the needs of the clients;
  • preparing high-quality trade mark applications;
  • identifying all potential absolute grounds for refusal;
  • drafting effective responses to trade mark objection letters;
  • effectively attacking or defending EUTMs on absolute and relative grounds for refusal;
  • effective dispute resolution before the Boards of Appeal;
  • managing the procedural issues arising during opposition, invalidity and appeal proceedings;
  • filing a request for annulment before the General Court;
  • understanding the system of judicial review before the Court of Justice;
  • managing entries and amendments in the EUIPO Register;
  • preparing high-quality design applications;
  • identifying all potential grounds for Community design invalidity;
  • drafting effective responses to Community design objection letters;
  • effectively attacking or defending Community designs on grounds for invalidity.

Calendar

The 2021/2022 course runs from September 2021 to May 2022. Several weeks throughout the course are non-elective. Please refer to the calendar* for the dates of the face-to-face sessions and the final examination.

  • 17 May – 30 June 2021 – Application period
  • 6 September 2021 — Start of the course
  • 25 – 27 October 2021 — First online workshop session
  • 2 – 4 March 2022 — Second workshop session, at the EUIPO in Alicante, Spain
  • 16 –17 May 2022 — Final Examination (Oral exams and end of the course)

 

*Dates and modality of the activities are subject to change for organisational reasons. Participants will be informed well in advance of any changes.

For further information contact us at: information@euipo.europa.eu

Testimonials

Have a look at the opinions from some of the participants of the previous editions of the EUIPO Trade Mark and Design Education Programme for Practitioners!

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