Learning Path

Learning Paths

The European Patent Academy offers a large variety of courses. Our learning paths offer pre-selected combinations of courses available on this platform tied together according to relevant patent-related topics, specific technical fields or legal aspects. You can access the information at your pace, in the suitable order for your interests and level of knowledge - and decide how advanced or specific your learning experience should be. Start your journey now!
  • LP1

    Getting to know patents

    As one of the main types of IP rights, patents are of considerable importance as they offer solutions to technical problems of various kinds. But what exactly is a patent, and what can you expect after being granted one? What requirements do you need to fulfil, and how does the EPO go about assessing the patent applications it receives?

    You will discover the answers to all of these questions in this learning path.

    In particular you will find out...

    • what a patent is – and what it is not – as well as the substantive legal requirements it must meet (course 1)
    • who the patent stakeholders are and what the different prosecution procedures involve (course 1)
    • what you need to comply with when applying for a patent, i.e. the patentability requirements for applications and inventions (courses 2 and 3)
    • the methodology used by the EPO to evaluate the different patentability criteria for both applications and inventions (course 3)


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  • LP2

    The value of patent documentation

    The world around us is full of new technical ideas that successfully transform our everyday life. But what is the role of patents in this landscape? What conditions does an invention have to meet to become a patent? Moreover, what is patent information and in which ways can you benefit from it? 

    You will get the answers to all of these questions in this learning path.

    In particular you will learn about...

    • the role and utility of patents in innovation and research and how to use patent documentation for a particular research project (course 1)
    • the strategical and practical relevance of patents and IP in general for research-driven businesses with the help of real-life case studies (course 2)
    • how you can benefit from patent information and how you can efficiently retrieve and monitor patent information by using EPO tools (course 3)

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  • LP3

    Finding your way through searches

    Patent documents are a rich source of technical and legal information openly available to anyone who is interested. But with so many documents and so much information out there, it's easy to lose your way. How do you access the patent information you need in a timely manner, and how can you ensure that you haven't missed any relevant information? Is there a classification system under which all this information is stored?

    The answers to these and many more related questions can be found in this learning path.

    In particular you will learn...


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  • LP4

    Patentability of new technological developments

    This learning path looks at the impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on our daily lives and across all areas of society and technology worldwide. As blockchain technology is applied in an increasing number of technical areas, more and more inventions involving its use are proving to be patentable. In order to capitalise on the opportunities new technologies present, we have to have a comprehensive understanding of various related issues. These include compliance requirements, fields of application, searching and examining, the current technological landscape and the associated challenges and opportunities that these new technologies bring to patenting.

    *** More details on this learning path will be published soon ***


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  • LP5

    Training for PATLIB 2.0 centres

    The material of this training has been organised in six online courses. The courses give you access to resources (online courses, e-learning modules, virtual classrooms), starting from an introduction to the European patent system, to patentability requirements, search and classification, patent information products and tools and IP rights and their benefits. You can go through the materials at your own pace and according to your degree of knowledge.

    This learning path is exclusively available for PATLIB 2.0 centres.

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