Areas and audiences

The critical role played by patents in the innovation process calls for the availability of extensive training for a diverse audience of patent professionals, judges, public servants, business managers and academics.In response to the requirements of these various groups, the European Patent Academy offers training in four dedicated programme areas.

Institutional Strengthening

This unit focuses on the training needs of national patent office staff from current and potential member states, along with staff of government institutions and other public-sector employees. Trainees from non-member states are also welcome.

Patent attorneys

This unit co-ordinates and supports training for professional representatives, not only as they start out on their chosen career, but also in their continuing development.

Judicial Training

This unit supports and develops training initiatives for judges and other legal professionals, with a view to harmonising patent enforcement and litigation practice in Europe.

Academia and Business

The work of this unit focuses on raising awareness of intellectual property in further and higher education and informing industry and policy-makers about making the most of the intellectual property system and developing effective patent strategies. Training is aimed mainly at university lecturers, technology transfer office staff, and business advisors.

The Academy also works in partnership with other organisations to complement existing training initiatives and to promote and support the spread of knowledge of patents and the patent system throughout Europe.

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