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.


  1. Is an analogue wrist watch an electronic device? -5 pt for unclear drafting.

  2. Off topic, but somewhere else it would sink: As I heard from a colleague, the EQE 2018 appeal proceedings have not even been invited yet. In my opinion, here, the EPO has gambled away its function as a trustworthy institution.

    1. Invited to appeal? What do you mean? No summonses for oral proceeding yet send? Which were appealed? I saw that someone ask on Delta blogs whether any appeal were filed for preexamination or ABCD examination but no responses were given? COuld be that soo appeals field that appeal board needs loads of time? Would be of interests to every body to know if some appeal filed and what for? Any information from you?

      Thank you

    2. Someone in my firm appealed their mark from the 2018 paper A, and got the appeal granted in late September last year (result - retrospectively passed paper A), so not sure what you're talking about.