IP & Patents Training Courses

Whilst the world’s national IP laws have become more consistent over recent years, the world of intellectual property is still a complex area. In order to legally and efficiently protect and exploit IP rights to the best advantage it is paramount that businesses stay abreast of latest developments and best practice.

Whether you are looking to get to grips with the latest processes and procedures, draft effective agreements or simply keep abreast of latest legislation and developments, IPI Academy offers a wide range of IP training courses, presented both as public or in-house events to fulfil your patenting and intellectual property training needs.


  • Next: 9 Nov 2021 Live online
  • Also: 4 May 2022 Live online
  • Also: 10 Nov 2022 Live online

Advanced Drafting Techniques for Successful EPO Patent Applications

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Focused

Many patent applications and patents are lost before the EPO, either before Opposition Divisions or before Appeal due to incorrect original drafting, and added subject matter is a recurrent problem. Learn advanced drafting techniques for successful EPO patent applications. *INCLUDES: Interactive workshop sessions and details of the latest case law and its implications*

  • 6 CPD hours
  • Presented by Mr Daniel X Thomas
  • Next: on request

Advanced PCT Formalities

Bespoke

This two-day programme will give you a detailed understanding of the PCT mechanism beyond the basics with practical tips and advice on how to make the most efficient use of ePCT.

  • 12 CPD hours
  • Next: on request

Annual Update for Senior Trade Mark & Design Administrators

Bespoke

This annual update, specifically designed for senior trade mark and design administrators, includes the latest updates from WIPO with discussion on the Madrid and Hague systems and a review of the differences between US, EU and UK practice and what to do about them.

  • 12 CPD hours
  • Next: 17-18 May 2022 Live online
  • Also: 3-4 Nov 2022 Live online

Drafting Effective Pharmaceutical Patents

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*New for 2020!* Drafting successful pharmaceutical patents is complex and there are many pitfalls and risks to be aware of. You need to ensure you’re maximising the protection for your, and your client’s, pharmaceutical inventions thorough both primary and secondary pharmaceutical patents.

  • 12 CPD hours
  • Presented by Mr Anthony Tridico
  • Next: 1 Feb 2022 Classroom
  • Also: 24 May 2022 Live online
  • Also: 8 Aug 2022 Classroom
  • Also: 18 Nov 2022 Live online

Drafting International Intellectual Property Agreements

Live online, Classroom
Focused

Focus on the drafting skills and legal and commercial issues to be considered when drawing up international IP agreements.

  • 6 CPD hours
  • Next: 29 Nov 2021 Live online
  • Also: 11 May 2022 Live online
  • Also: 11 Nov 2022 Live online

Effective Defence of EPO Patent Applications

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Focused

Clarity in drafting patent applications has always been a serious issue. The purpose of the seminar is to teach delegates the essentials of clarity, and the most effective use of the problem-solution approach, giving delegates an edge over other parties. *INCLUDES: Interactive workshop sessions and details of the latest case law and its implications*

  • 6 CPD hours
  • Presented by Mr Daniel X Thomas
  • Next: 8-9 Mar 2022 Live online
  • Also: 8-9 Sep 2022 Live online

EPO Oppositions and Appeals - the Case Law and Workshop

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Updated for 2021! Drawing on case law and the experience of the faculty, this seminar considers the present workings of the opposition and appeal procedures at the European Patent Office. It provides an in-depth summary of both background and recent developments at the EPO and explains how these will impact on your day-to-day practice. It will give you the knowledge and skills to navigate this highly technical area.

  • 12 CPD hours
  • Presented by Mr Leythem Wall
  • and Graham Ashley
  • Next: 22-23 Feb 2022 Classroom
  • Also: 9-10 May 2022 Live online
  • Also: 8-9 Aug 2022 Classroom
  • Also: 17-18 Nov 2022 Live online

Formal Requirements of the European Patent System

Live online, Classroom
Focused

A two-day seminar for administrative staff in the patent profession on how to competently prepare an application for filing before the EPO. *INCLUDES: Practical and interactive exercises*

  • 12 CPD hours
  • Presented by Ms Petra Schmitz
  • Next: 11 Apr 2022 Live online
  • Also: 13 Oct 2022 Live online

Freedom-to-Operate Searching

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Focused

Get to grips with the fundamentals of FTO searching, understand the scope of a search and analyse the types of rights you will encounter.

  • 6 CPD hours
  • Presented by Mr Stephen Adams
  • Next: 3-4 Nov 2021 Live online
  • Also: 11-12 May 2022 Live online
  • Also: 15-16 Aug 2022 Classroom
  • Also: 2-3 Nov 2022 Live online

How to Avoid Common Pitfalls in Combined EU/US Patent Applications

Live online, Classroom
Focused

This seminar addresses the parallel, but substantially different, rules for drafting and prosecuting patents required by the Examiners and Appeal Boards of the EPO and USPTO.

  • 12 CPD hours
  • Presented by Mr Bradley Hulbert
  • and Mr David Meldrum
  • Next: on request

How to Successfully Conduct Oral Proceedings at the EPO

Bespoke

Oral proceedings are appointed in the majority of appeal cases, and in many opposition and examination cases, and so a European patent attorney will almost certainly at some point have to attend oral proceedings, either to defend a client's invention or to attack a patent held by a competitor. To defend your client's interests correctly and competently it is vital to know what to expect at this European level and to be property prepared for it.

  • 6 CPD hours
  • Next: 23-24 May 2022 Live online

IP Department Roadmap

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Focused

This course provides a step-by-step, matrix-based methodology with a top-down and cross-functional approach to design an IP department roadmap

  • 12 CPD hours
  • Presented by Arnaud Gasnier
  • Next: 3 Dec 2021 Live online
  • Also: 12 May 2022 Live online
  • Also: 15 Aug 2022 Classroom
  • Also: 30 Nov 2022 Live online

IP Due Diligence & Freedom-to-Operate in Practice

Live online, Classroom
Focused

This intensive one-day course will give you many insights into the best practice of organising and conducting an efficient and thorough IP due diligence project.

  • 6 CPD hours
  • Presented by Mr Tim May
  • + 3 more
  • Next: 1 Feb 2022 Classroom
  • Also: 20 May 2022 Live online
  • Also: 22 Nov 2022 Live online

Litigation-Proofing and Proving your Patent Claims

Live online, Classroom
Focused

This seminar provides a comprehensive overview of the principles of patent claim interpretation in the USA, UK and Germany.

  • 6 CPD hours
  • Presented by Mr Bradley Hulbert
  • and Mr Ulrich Blumenroeder
  • Next: 25 Mar 2022 Live online
  • Also: 27 Sep 2022 Live online
  • Also: 7 Dec 2022 Classroom

Patent Protection for Software-Related Inventions in Europe and the USA

Live online, Classroom
Focused

An intensive update on patent protection for software-related inventions covering all the major developments in European patent law in particular GUI inventions and 'mixed' inventions with both patentable and non-patentable subject matter.

  • 6 CPD hours
  • Presented by Mr Tim May
  • + 2 more
  • Next: on request

Patentability and State-of-the-Art Searching

Bespoke
Focused

A comprehensive and practical two-day seminar covering the key aspects of patentability and state-of-the-art searching.

  • 12 CPD hours
  • Next: on request

SPCS for Beginners

Bespoke

A concise one-day training programme for the patents team explaining the practical points to consider regarding SPCs when managing the organisations, or your clients, patent portfolio.

  • Next: 21-25 Mar 2022 Live online
  • Also: 12-14 Sep 2022 Live online

Strategic IP Planning

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Focused

A step-by-step practical guide to strategic IP planning

  • 18 CPD hours
  • Presented by Arnaud Gasnier
  • Next: 8-9 Feb 2022 Classroom
  • Also: 24-25 May 2022 Live online
  • Also: 10-11 Nov 2022 Live online

The Art of European Claim Drafting

Live online, Classroom
Focused

This seminar combines one day of claim drafting fundamentals with a further day of focused workshops.

  • 12 CPD hours
  • Presented by Mr Joeri Beetz
  • and Mr Leythem Wall
  • Next: 24 Nov 2021 Live online
  • Also: 25 Feb 2022 Classroom
  • Also: 13 May 2022 Live online
  • Also: 24 Nov 2022 Live online

The Patent Administrator

Live online, Classroom
Focused

This course will give you a comprehensive introduction to the role of the patent administrator

  • 6 CPD hours
  • Presented by Ms JoAnna Emery
  • Next: on request

The Patent Box

Bespoke

This one-day programme will look at the impact of the EU and OECD questions about the integrity of patent box regimes and how this has impacted the UK rules and your organisation.

  • Next: 1-2 Dec 2021 Live online
  • Also: 1-2 Mar 2022 Classroom
  • Also: 8-9 Jun 2022 Live online
  • Also: 15-16 Dec 2022 Live online

US Patent Practice

Live online, Classroom
Focused

What all European patent attorneys need to know - an intensive and highly interactive two-day seminar including discussions on US patent law and strategies and tactics for patent prosecution at the US Patent Office

  • 12 CPD hours
  • Presented by Mr James Suggs
  • and Ms Nicole Reifman