Thursday, 21 February 2019

Good luck to all EQE 2019 candidates!

We wish all candidates that sit one or more EQE papers next week good luck / bonne chance / gute Fahrt!

Our EQE blogs will be open for your comments and opinions w.r.t. the Pre-ExamABand shortly after the exams. We will post our (provisional) answers to the various papers shortly after the exam. To facilitate the discussions, we will also post copies of the papers as soon as possible after we received reasonably clean copies.

All candidates, as well as tutors who helped candidates prepare for EQE 2019, are invited to contribute to the discussions on our EQE blogs! You can post your comments in English, French or German. You are invited to post your comments under your real name, but it is also possible to use a nickname.

The DeltaPatents team

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Amended and consolidated REE, IPREE and instructions to candidates

Amended and consolidated REE, IPREE and instructions to candidates have been published last Friday, February 1, in OJ 2019, Suppl 2.

The REE did not change.

The IPREE was consolidated with the earlier amendments (OJ 2017, A88) as to the legal cut-off date (changed to 31 October) and the addition on GL/PCT-EPO to Rule 22(1), and further amendments with deletion of obsolete provisions.

The Instructions were amended to further provide that:
 - candidates are not permitted to bring scissors with blades longer than 6 cm (as measured from the fulcrum); therefore to cut out parts of the examination paper, only blunt-tipped scissors with a blade length of no more than 6 cm are allowed;
-  Only for the Pre-Exam: the end of the paper will be announced ten minutes before the closing signal. (For the Main Exam papers: The end of the paper will be announced five minutes before the closing signal.)

OJ 2019, Suppl 2 also include the Decision from the Supervisory Board of 17 Nov 2016 granting candidates 30 minutes extra for each main exam paper (not for the pre-exam), that was published.

Monday, 28 January 2019

Pilot at EQE 2019 – pilot project for writing Papers A, B, C and D on a computer

Last Friday, it was announced on the EQE website that:

"Several measures to modernise the EQE are currently being considered. In this framework it has been decided to run a pilot project allowing a small group of candidates to write the 2019 Papers A, B, C and D on a computer. Fifteen candidates sitting all four main examination papers in Munich will be randomly chosen and asked if they would like to volunteer to participate in the pilot. The pilot group can type their answers in a secure environment using a text editor program consisting of basic editing features. All other rules and conditions pursuant to the EQE will apply to the pilot.
The primary objective of the pilot is to gain experience in answering the EQE papers on a computer and to identify both the challenges and benefits. The outcome of the pilot should enable an informed choice regarding the potential to expand gradually to a wider group"

See here for the official announcement.

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Calendars for Pre-examination and Paper D 2019 are available

Calendars for Pre-examination and Paper D 2019 are now available via links on the EQE webpage:

  • Pre-Exam calendars are here (2018-2019)
  • Paper D calendars are here (2017-2019)

Calendars are in the same format as the previous years. Normal weekends and national holidays are shown; no bridging dates.

Remember to use the calendars provided with the paper at the EQE itself (as they are provided now). Do not use the closure dates given in the OJ EPO, which include several bridging dates!

Monday, 24 December 2018

EQE 2020 announced in OJ EPO

The Announcement of the European qualifying examination 2020 - Pre-examination and main examination has been publioshed  in OJ 2018, A108.

A few aspects are cited below, for all detail refer to the Notice itself:

1. Compulsory registration

Enrolment for the pre-examination 2020 will only be possible for candidates who have registered by 15 January 2019 at the latest (see Notice from the Examination Secretariat, OJ EPO 2018, A99).

2. Dates of the pre-examination and the main examination and deadlines for enrolment

2.1 Date of the pre-examination and enrolment deadline
The pre-examination will be held on 16 March 2020.
Registered candidates may enrol from 1 February until 30 April 2019. After 30 April 2019, it will not be possible to apply for enrolment for the pre-examination 2020.
2.2 Date of the main examination and enrolment deadline
The main examination will be held from 17 to 19 March 2020.
Candidates may enrol from 1 April until 12 August 2019. After 12 August 2019, it will not be possible to apply for enrolment for the main examination 2020.
To ensure a smooth enrolment procedure for the EQE, candidates are reminded of the strict application of the closing dates for enrolment. Articles 121 and 122 EPCdo not apply.
II. Enrolment process

2. Professional activity

2.1 Required periods of professional activity
Candidates wishing to enrol for the pre-examination for the first time must have completed a total period as defined in Article 11(2)(a) REE of at least two years by 16 March 2020.
Candidates who have passed the pre-examination and wish to enrol for the main examination for the first time must, at the date of the examination, have completed a total period as defined in Article 11(2)(a) REE of at least three years.
The above is only a few citations from the complete Notice. Refer to the complete Notice for all detail (OJ 2018, A108)

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Reference material for EQE 2019 (in particular Pre-Exam and Paper D)

At the EQE 2019, the legal status as of 31 October 2018 is the relevant law.

We compiled a non-exhaustive collection of legal sources and other useful reference material as in force on 31 October 2018:

- EPC Articles and Rules
- EPO Guidelines for Examination (1 Nov 2017; partially superseded by later legal changes)
- National Law Tables
- London Agreement status
- Request form and notes
- Opposition form

- Euro-PCT Guide (1 Jan 2018)
- EPO Guidelines for EPO as PCT Authority (1 Nov 2017; partially superseded by later legal changes)
- EP Entry form and notes

- PCT Articles and Rules
- PCT Applicant's Guide
- selection of Annexes to the PCT Applicant's Guide (EPC states, EP athorities)
   note: the WIPO provides a collection of all annexes here (671 pages IP, 1223 pages NP)
- selection of overviews from PCT Resources website (states, time limits, reservations, ...)
- PCT Request form
- PCT Demand form
- PCT SIS request form

- Content of 2017, Suppl 5 (partly)
- Track changes versions
- Fee codes

The collection can be found on our website, under Course Links, top right corner of the page, as a set of 4 pdf files:
- EQE2019 references - EPC
- EQE2019 references - EPO and PCT (EPO as PCT authority; Euro-PCT)
- EQE2019 references - PCT (international phase; annexes AG)
- EQE2019 references - ADA/AAD (incl track change versions and fee codes)

Good luck with your exam preparation!

(13/11/2018: ADA/AAD compilation added)