European universities adopt EPOs Modular IP Education Framework

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The European Patent Academy, building upon the infrastructure laid by the Pan-European Seal (PES) programme, has launched today an innovative digital IP education programme: the Modular IP Education Framework (MIPEF). To spur innovation, the programme aims to foster a deeper understanding of Intellectual Property among thousands of university students across Europe, particularly those pursuing Master’s and PhDs in Science, Engineering, Law, and Business faculties.

The MIPEF has just commenced the first of its first live sessions today. This initiative has been embraced by 22 European universities that will integrate the MIPEF into their respective curricula and grant up to 6 ECTS credits for it.

Course creation and structure

The course, titled “Create – Protect – Innovate: Bringing Ideas to Market,” has been meticulously crafted by esteemed IP practitioners and EPO experts, including examiners from diverse technological domains. The course’s modular structure comprises two levels, entry level and advanced, each with three live sessions and five self-paced modules.

A practical approach

The live sessions are enriched with practical examples and case studies, predominantly featuring European Inventor Award finalists and winners. This approach aims to instil a profound understanding of Intellectual Property among students, leveraging real-world scenarios to illustrate key concepts and principles.

Interest in the programme is high, with 500 eager students already signed up for the MIPEF's inaugural sessions! Highlighting the rising significance of IP education in fuelling innovation, this programme encourages both universities and students to dive into the world of Intellectual Property.