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CEIPI Research Laboratory - EA 4375

Key words

Private Law  and Criminal Sciences – Literary and Artistic Property Rights – Industrial Property Rights – Community Law – Comparative Law – International Law


The members of the CEIPI's research department ( Centre for Internation Studies on Intellectual Property) study the fundamental questions raised by intellectual property law. Their research work focus on traditional aspects of intellectual property: patent law, plant variety laws, trademark law, author's rights and related rights, industrial design law and competition law.
The CEIPI's Research Section is however aware of the transformation of the economy and of society, and incorporates it in its research. The evolution of our society towards an increasingly immaterial society implies that indepth research be undertaken notably on new areas such as software, domain names, databases, on the designation « multimedia work » and on technology valorisation. Some members of the department are also interested in the implications of the implementation of intellectual property rights in publicity rights and especially in the right to control one's own image, the right to privacy and the protection of personal data.

An interdisciplinary approach has also been introduced in the Research Section's main research interests. Team members pay close attention to economic and sociological problems directly linked to intellectual property. Questions that emerge through the implementation of intellectual property rights concerning legal philosophy and fundamental freedoms are also part of the main research interests of the CEIPI's Research Department.
However, the research team's members focus essentially on the construction of the European and international Framework of intellectual property. Consequently, most of the consulting services and the studies of the Department deal with European Union, international and comparative law concerning intellectual property. In addission, the CEIPI's Research Department constantly observes the activities of the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of Europe.

Research focus

CEIPI's Research department is currently working on various projects and studies concerning different branches of intellectual property:

  • The protection of trade secrets, national and European perspectives
  • Research project in the area of law-making and international policy of intellectual property enforcement
  • Publication of a book edited by Christophe Geiger, Director General of the CEIPI: "Constructing European Intellectual Property: Achievements and New Perspectives"
  • Patentability Standards and Patent Quality, A Comparative Approach
  • CEIPI and the Office of Theoretical and Applied Economics (BETA) launch a collaborative research project in law and economics of Intellectual Property
  • Project concerning the frontiers of intellectual property law in Europe
  • Research project on : « The Comparative Law of Exploitation Contracts of Intellectual Property Rights


Christophe Geiger


Laboratoire de recherche du CEIPI
Bâtiment L'Escarpe
11 rue du Maréchal Juin - BP 68
67046 Strasbourg Cedex

Tél : 03 68 85 88 94


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