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)

Dates of EQE 2020-2023

Now available on the EQE website:

Notice of 15 November 2018 from the Examination Secretariat with the dates of EQE 2020-2023 (PDF, 498 KB)

The exam dates move into March again for the next few years:

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- EPO Guidelines for Examination (1 Nov 2017; partially superseded by later legal changes)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)

Draft version of Guidelines 2018 available (GL/EPO and GL/PCT-EPO)

Yesterday, 1.10.2018, draft versions of the amended Guidelines, which will enter into force on 1 November 2018, have become available on  the EPO website in HTML form, in English, and are accessible via the following links:

As these new Guidelines will only enter into force on 1 November 2018 (OJ 2018, A73; OJ 2018, A74), these are NOT the applicable versions for the EQE 2019, for which the legal status on 31 October 2018 is the relevant date (OJ 2017, A88). The version in force on 31 October 2018 is the November 2017 version.

However, as several parts of the Guidelines of November 2017 have been superseded by subsequent changes to the legal provisions (ADA/AAD, creditcard payment, new EPO-WIPO agreement, and several more), candidates are advised to check the lists of amended sections in GL/EPO and GL/PCT-EPO and to update the corresponding sections in the November 2017 Guidelines, to prepare a consolidated version which reflects the legal status in 31 October 2018 form use in EQE 2019.

The results for EQE2018 are in!!!

The results are in!!!

The list of scores for each EQEreg-number can be found here (via EQE Results and Statistics).

For the various paper, pass, compensable fail and fail rates are:
A: 52%, 11%, 38% (992 candidates)
B: 73%,   7%, 20% (804 candidates)
C: 47%, 12%, 42% (1077 candidates)
D: 33%, 12%, 55% (1123 candidates)

The Examiner's Reports are not yet available (29 June, 17:00).

Update 5 July 19:30: the Examiners Reports are now available on the EQE Compendium pages.

Roel, Joeri

Good luck to all EQE 2018 candidates!

We wish all candidates that sit the EQE next week good luck / bonne chance / gute Fahrt!

Our (provisional) answers to the various paper will be posted on our EQE blogs for Pre-Exam, A, B, C and D shortly after the exams. We will also post copies of the papers as soon as possible after we received reasonably clean copies to the blogs to facilitate the discussions.

All candidates, and tutors who helped candidates prepare for EQE 2018, are invited to contribute to 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

Dates EQE 2019

The Examination Secretariat announced the dates for EQE 2019 on the EQE homepage.

See "Notice of 19 Februar 2018 from the Examination Secretariat - date of EQE 2019"

The dates are:

Note that the deadline under Rule 28 IPREE for registration of professional acitivities, which is obligatory for candidates planning to sit the (pre-) exam for the first time, already expired on 01.01.2018: registration needs to be done at the latest by 1 January prior to enrolment to the exam (registration details here) and only registered candidates can enrol. 
Enrolment is usually possible from early April to late May for the Pre-Exam and from mid July to early September for the main exam papers  (enrolment details here - enrolment dates for EQE 2019 not yet available [status 21.02.2018]).

For further details: check the EQE webpages (link).

EQE 2018 - Security measures

Please be informed that new security measures apply at EQE 2018: all EQE 2018 candidates received the following email from the Exam Secretariat:

Dear Candidate,

If you intend to use scissors to cut out parts of the examination paper during the up-coming EQE, please be informed that following the policy of the EPO Security Department, scissors with blades longer than 6 cm (as measured from the fulcrum) are not allowed at the EQE. Therefore, and in order to prevent any difficulties when entering your examination centre, you should only bring blunt scissors with a blade length of not more than 6 cm. Please see the example attached to this e-mail.

Kind regards,

The Examination Secretariat
for the European qualifying examination
European Patent Office
80298 Munich
Tel: +49 89 2399 5155
Fax: +49 89 2399 5140
e-mail: helpdesk@eqe.org

Tutors' report EQE 2017 available in epi Information 4/2017

The Tutors' report on the EQE 2017 papers (pdf), byLuis Ferreira (PT), Andrew Hards (DE), Margaret Mackett (BE), Harrie Marsman (NL), Sander van Rijnswou (NL), and Roel van Woudenberg (NL, editor), has been published in epi Information 4/2017 (page 20-29). 

Each year in September-October, the European Patent Academy and the epi arrange a meeting between EQE tutors and the Examination Committees. The goals are to discuss last year's papers, to improve future EQE's by openly exchanging ideas and to help tutors prepare candidates for next year's exam.

The Examination Board has kindly given the tutors permission to publish their own report of the important points so that candidates can more easily find this information. In addition, the comments can greatly assist when reading and interpreting the official EQE Compendium.

This year's meeting was held in Munich, already on September 8. The participant list showed 80 registered participants (tutors and further registered EPO and epi members from the Academy, EQE Secretariat and epi Institute) and 14 registered Committee and Board members.

This Tutors' Report appears each year in the end of year edition of epi Information. It contains the following sections:

1. Pass rates EQE 2017
2. General remarks
3. Paper A
4. Paper B
5. Paper C
6. Paper D

7. Pre-Exam

The Report can be read online via this linkepi Information 4/2017 is also available as pdf.