Saturday, 30 January 2016

Suggested list of books & things to take to the Main & Pre-Exam - EQE 2016


Preparation
- Read through the rules regarding the conduct of the exam (page 38-42). See the warning here about possible problems.
- See what candidates from last year said about the location where you are taking the exam
- Be well rested in the days before the exam - many D candidates sleep badly on the Monday night
- Take a suitcase with wheels, and limit the books to ones you have used in the last 6 months of your preparation
- After doing the papers of 2015, look at the Tutors' Report to help with interpreting the EQE Compendium - source: epi information pages 134-142
- If necessary, look at some tips for reducing anxiety at the exam
- A good book on passing exams is "How To Pass Your Exams" by Mike Evans
- Be prepared to do the exams with a relatively small (possible as small as 60cm x 90cm) space. Normally, you can place books you don't need under the table.
- Look through the EQE Study Guide for other tips

General
- Photo identification (Passport or drivers license)
- several black or blue pens (we hear that gel-pens are preferred, but they can run out quickly)
- no electronic devices: only a wrist watch with an analogue display (and without any additional options) is allowed on your desk during the exam. See the warning here about possible problems.
- make arrangements to leave your phone & laptops at home or in your hotel or in a train station locker. See the warning here about possible problems.
correction roller
highlighters for use when reading the exam paper (don't use blue highlighters on anything that will be handed in as it will not copy well)
- Pre-Exam only: 1-2 black medium soft HB pencils + suitable eraser + pencil sharpener



- for A/B papers, if you want to cut and paste parts of the exam paper into your answer: scissors and a glue stick or silent permanent glue roller
bulldog clips to hold keep parts of the exam or your answer together (stapler can be noisy)

- Food, snacks, drinks: there is no official break in the D and C papers
- Paracetemol [acetaminophen]: to relieve pains or swollen fingers after writing for several hours
- a good luck charm :-)

Legal: versions valid on 31 December 2015
- your favourite EPC reference book, with tabs and own notes
+ updated where necessary for the EPC & PCT legal changes in 2014 & 2015
- National law relating to the EPC - Sept 2013
+ Table IV updated with the information regarding the London Agreement - status and key points
- ADA = arrangements for deposit accounts - Supplement 3 - OJ EPO 2015
- Guidelines for Examination in the EPO: either Nov 2015 version or Nov 2014 version updated with changes in 2015
- Update 30 Jan 16: Keyword index is now available here
- Headnotes to relevant G decisions (if not in your EPC reference book) - either the Jan 2012 version here + updated with the decisions of last two years, or the Dec 2014 + updated with the decisions of 2015.
(Note that the D committee does not ask questions on pending referrals to the Enlarged Board)
- EPC RFG form and notes
- Important notices from the Official Journal in 2014 & 2015

- your favourite PCT reference book, with tabs and own notes

- Printable Applicants Guide: DeltaPatents Dec 2015 (875 pages)
(which includes the Introduction to International PhaseIntroduction to National PhasePCT Request form, the EPO entry Form 1200 and notes)
- Important notices from the PCT Newsletter in 2014 & 2015
- Guide for Applicants - Euro-PCT - Jan 2015

-Paris Convention (Articles 1 - 5quater and Article 11) [usually in EPC reference book]

- Some basic information on the US and JP patent systems - Jan 2016

Other books (you decide based upon your experience answering exam questions during your preparation)
- English/German/French <=> own language dictionary
- EPC Case Law Book - Sept 2013 (but all the case law you need to answer the questions will be in the EPO Guidelines)

Do not take:
Your own calendars with EPO holidays
- Legal reference books that you have never used before (you need to have practiced finding things in them)
- anything to do with the Unitary Patent or Unified Patent Court - it is not yet in force
- Only hand-in materials written at the exam on Main Exam EQE paper, or the Pre-Exam answer sheet (so no pre-prepared materials)


Good luck !