Friday, 29 November 2019

EQE 2021 (pre-exam and main exam) announced in OJ EPO

OJ 2019, A98 comprises the Announcement of the European qualifying examination 2021 – Pre‑examination and main examination.

The Annoucement includes a lot of detail. Please refer to the original Notice for all detail. This blog post only serves to inform you on the existence of the annoucements.

A few main items from the Annoucement:

1. Compulsory registration
Candidates must register once they have commenced their professional training (Article 11(2) REE).
Enrolment to the pre-examination 2021 will only be possible for candidates who have registered by 15 January 2020 at the latest (see Notice of the Examination Secretariat OJ EPO 2018, A99).
Candidates who have already been admitted to the EQE (pre- or main examination) are already registered and therefore do not need to register again even if they have not yet sat an examination paper.

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 1 March 2021.
Registered candidates may enrol from 3 February until 11 May 2020. After 11 May 2020, it will not be possible to apply for enrolment for the pre-examination 2021.
2.2 Date of the main examination and enrolment deadline
The main examination will be held from 2 to 4 March 2021.
Candidates may enrol from 1 April until 17 August 2020. After 17 August 2020, it will not be possible to apply for enrolment for the main examination 2021.
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 EPC do not apply.
For more details, for example on payment of fees, withdrawal, enrolment process, required period of professional activity (patent attorney trainees; EPO examiners), choice of papers, fees and fee subsidies, examination centers, etc , refer to OJ 2019, A98 and to the EQE website.

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