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The Centre Paul Roubier is a research and training organism specialising in industrial property law. Every year, it offers continuing education programmes for trainees to acquire or perfect their knowledge of industrial property.
These training programmes cover all elements of this discipline: patents, trademarks, designs and models, as well as the law on creation, software, Internet, biotechnology… Moreover, this training centre periodically organises meetings, study days and colloquiums on themes relating to industrial property – research destined for publication.
The Centre Paul Roubier was created in 1970 by the Law Faculty of the University of Lyon and the city’s Chamber of Commerce, in the form of an association made up of these two corporate bodies. “The centre owes its name to one of the masters of the Lyon Law Faculty and the true founder of contemporary legal doctrine in the domain of industrial property, Dean Paul Roubier,” explains Jacques Azema, a former lawyer and emeritus professor of the University of Lyon III, Honorary Director of the Centre Paul Roubier. “Professor Albert Chavanne, cofounder of the Centre, was an eminent specialist in industrial property and a pupil of Dean Roubier. He was determined to maintain in Lyon the presence of an industrial property school, so as to raise awareness on the protection of inventions and distinctive signs of persons who were not specialists in the discipline, notably in SMEs.”
Today, the association is presided by Fabrice Lenoir, a representative of the Lyon Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and the centre is managed by Professor Yves Reinhard, from the Law Faculty of the University of Lyon III and also a lawyer. This training centre is notably placed under the patronage of the Institut National de la Propriété Industrielle (INPI or French national industrial property institute), the Compagnie Nationale des Conseils en Propriété Industrielle (CNCPI, a network of IP attorneys, law and technology professionals), the Centre d’Études Internationales de la Propriété Industrielle (CEIPI, an industrial property training centre in Strasbourg) and the Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Industrielle (AIPPI, the French branch of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property).
The 2011 training programme, to commence in January 2011 and finishing in November 2011, is structured around 9 modules, each made up of one to three days of training: patentability, the obtaining of a trademark, rights associated with a trademark, the US trademark, economic aspects of industrial property, the law on brand names, domain names and designs and models, operating contracts for industrial property rights, the protection of industrial property rights, as well as IT and software creations. “A privileged place is reserved for international conventions – the Patent Cooperation Treaty, the European trademark, the Communitarian brand name –, which constitute fundamental mechanisms today,” says Professor Yves Reinhard, Director of the Centre Paul Roubier. “In this way, a European trademark registration enables the acquisition, by a single procedure, of a title which will be the equivalent of national trademarks in over 30 countries in Europe. This European trademark should be the standard way for inventions to be protected. As far as brand names go, a single communitarian title can be obtained by filing a request at the OHIM, the EU agency responsible for registering marks, in Alicante.”
In concrete terms, the different training modules include theoretical presentations, case study analyses and the sharing of experience. “The method that we have selected to adopt consists in dealing with different themes by groups of study days,” adds Yves Reinhard. “Importance is accorded to discussion and groups never exceed 20 to 25 persons.” For the 2011 training programme, tuition fees come to 400 euros (excluding tax) for one day or 6,500 euros (excluding tax) for the complete programme of nineteen days. Training takes place on the premises of the École de Management de Lyon, in Écully.
“For each module, trainers are chosen according to their recognised skills in the domain of the protection and defence of trademarks, patents, marks, designs and models, new technologies, Internet…,” continues Yves Reinhard, the Director of the Centre Paul Roubier. “They are university lecturers, members of an industrial property office, lawyers specialising in industrial property, in company industrial property specialists or industrial property experts.”
Training programmes at the Centre Paul Roubier are aimed at diverse publics: engineers and industrial property service technicians in companies, industrial property consultancy firms and industrial and intellectual property offices; solicitors and legal assistants in company industrial property divisions, industrial property consultancy firms, law firms or industrial property offices; staff in administrations (magistracy, customs, police); staff from company sales divisions; and business strategy consultants.
“Two-thirds of our participants come from large companies,” specifies Yves Reinhard. “Trademark law is managed by scientists who are certainly familiar with technical aspects, but who need their legal knowledge to be deepened. The last third is made up of scientists or lawyers from industrial property consultancy firms or generalist law firms. Indeed, law firms are increasingly interested in training on the law on marks.”