Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management training in Macau

The annual Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management training in Macau, China explores the way in which IP law is instrumental to the functioning of a competitive economy. Traditionally, commercial actors and interest groups have shaped IP policy. Increasingly, however, policy makers and citizens alike expect innovation and intellectual property to make a contribution towards the tackling of big issues, such as global warming, access to healthcare and food, sustainable development and technology transfer. A group of renowned speakers cover diverse, yet connected issues, such as participation in IP policymaking, access to information, open innovation and technology transfer. The central question is: What contribution can Intellectual Property make to an open society?

The training consists of three parts:

  • Intellectual Property Law School
  • Intellectual Property Seminar
  • Professional IP Update

The training is well-suited for trainee lawyers, Intellectual Property professionals with an economic or policy background, and master's students in Intellectual Property wishing to enhance their skills at post-academic level. It is organised by the Institute of European Studies of Macao (IEEM) and Prof. Kamperman Sanders of the Institute for Globalization and International Regulation in Maastricht (IGIR). 

Intellectual Property Law School, 28 October – 1 November 2019

The IP Law School is a unique initiative in Asia, offering a taught programme in international Intellectual Property Law and its relevance for global, European and Asian economic development and innovation policy. The IP Law School serves the needs of trainee lawyers, Intellectual Property professionals with an economic or policy background, and master's students in Intellectual Property to enhance their skills at post-academic level.

Starting from the basics of the Paris and Berne conventions, the course covers the development of Intellectual Property Law all the way to the WTO TRIPS Agreement and the WIPO Copyright treaties. Attention is also devoted to regional arrangements, such as the European Patent Convention, and other new international and national initiatives. From a policy perspective, free trade agreements and bilateral investment arrangements covering Intellectual Property, as well as ongoing negotiations in the area of protection of traditional knowledge, will be covered. The classes are taught using an intensive Socratic and interactive format by experts in the field and are structured as follows:

Monday: The Basic Framework of International Treaties in the IP Field

Tuesday: The Law of Trade Marks and Related Rights

Wednesday: The Law of Copyright and Neighbouring Rights

Thursday: The Law of Patents

Friday: IP Issues related to Enforcement, Licensing and the Internet

This challenging programme also expects participants to jointly prepare and argue several moot cases in a friendly, yet competitive atmosphere, providing a unique insight in the way in which colleagues from various jurisdictions approach international and domestic legal problems.

Participation is limited to 30 students. Students of past years may participate in selected days of the course. Concessions available.

Intellectual Property Seminar, 4 – 5 November 2019: The First 25 Years and the Future of the TRIPS Agreement

The annual two-day Intellectual Property Seminar offers a forum for IP professionals wishing to be part of a thought-provoking discussion on cutting-edge developments in intellectual property and international trade. Distinguished practitioners, judges and academics from all over the world have contributed to this internationally recognized conference. This year’s topic will look at the first 25 years of the TRIPS Agreement, and its future direction.

Past presented papers have been published in book form by Kluwer Law International and Hart Publishing.

Programme overview for the IP Seminar

Hong Kong Professional IP Update, 6 November 2019

The annual professional update held in the premises of the Hong Kong Intellectual Property Department (IPD) provides an overview of all relevant cases and legislative developments of the past year in Europe, the US and Greater China. In the course of one single day, you will be brought up to speed on the major important legal decisions and developments in intellectual property law and policy in the following structure:

First Morning Session: New Developments in Intellectual Property and International Trade Agreements.

Second Morning Session: New IP Developments in Europe and the US.

Afternoon Session: New IP Developments in Greater China (HK, Mainland China, Taiwan).

Programme overview for the IP Update


Fees for all three events: IP Law School + Annual Professional IP update + IP Seminar: MOP 14,400 or USD 1800

Fees for the separate events:

  • The IP Law School, 28 Oct to 1 Nov 2019: MOP 8000 or USD 1000.
  • Single days IP Law School (no moot court participation): MOP 800 or USD 200 per day.
  • The IP Seminar, 4 and 5 Nov 2019: MOP 6,000 or USD 750
  • The Professional IP update, 6 Nov 2019: HK$ 1000 for the whole day, HK$ 500 for each half day session.

Early bird, concessionary fees for students and arrangement of accommodation is available. For further information please go to:

Concessionary fees and protocols for the enrolment of participants from institutional partners or sponsored students are available upon request. Students from certain countries of residence qualify for a lower fee. If your country is not mentioned in the following list, the full fee applies.
IPKM concessions, grants and reductions per country

For further assistance, please email a.kampermansanders[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl

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Admission to the IP Law School

The expected level of English proficiency is the equivalent of a minimum of 6.0 on the IELTS/550 on the TOEFL. Particpants should hold a bachelor's degree or above, preferably in law or economics. Work experience will also be considered. 

In order to safguard interactive teaching, the number of participants to the IP Law School is limited to 24-30 individuals, with a cap of 4 participants per jurisdiction. Should applications exceed the number of 24-30 individuals, a waiting list will be opened until there are sufficient candidates to warrant the opening of a second group.

For the Advanced Professional Update, no restrictions apply.

Terms and conditions

Programme cancellation: The IEEM reserves the right to cancel the whole or part of the IP Programme should there be insufficient registrants.

Registration deadline: Registration deadline: Enrolment is open until 23 October 2019

Refund policy: Refund policy: 80% of fees paid for the IP Law School will be refunded if cancellation occurs before 1 October 2019. Dinner fees are not refundable.

Payment: Fees should be settled by remittance to the following bank account:  

Banco Comercial de Macau
Av. da Praia Grande, 572. Macau
Account n. 706450
Name of beneficiary: Instituto de Estudos Europeus de Macau, Swift code: CMACMOMX

Notification: Please specify “Fee for the IPS2019” and your name in the message column and send a copy of your remittance form to:

Instituto de Estudos Europeus de Macau 
Calçada do Gaio, 6 
Tel: +853 2835 4326
Fax: +853 2835 6155
Email: beatrice[at][dot]mo