EQE 2023 exam schedule now available

The "Information on the schedule for the EQE 2023 examination papers" is now available on the EQE website

The various schedules are addressed in our blogs for the schedules respective papers:

Note that the document indicates that it may be subject to minor changes as testing continues.

You may also want to refer to other information from the EPO (EQE Secretariat, Examination Board, Supervisory Board):

Please feel invited to post your comments to the blogs for the respective papers. It is possible to post anonymously and do not need an account, but please give your name or a nickname for an easy and inter-human interaction.


  1. A Notice from the European Patent Office dated 14 November 2022 concerning the days on which EPO filing offices are closed in 2023 is now available on the EPO website.

    See https://www.epo.org/law-practice/legal-texts/official-journal/information-epo/archive/20221115.html

    It is expected to be in the OJ EPO soon.

    Refer to the Notice of the Examination Board "Calculation of time limits in paper D and pre-examination" on https://www.epo.org/learning/eqe/notices.html:

    "As of the 2022 examination, the practice concerning calendars will change: calendars will no longer be provided to candidates as part of the examination papers for the pre-examination and Paper D.

    A notice listing the dates on which the EPO filing offices are closed is published each year in the Official Journal. For the purposes of applying Rule 134(1), first sentence, EPC and Rule 80.5 PCT, candidates should refer to the relevant notice on EPO closing days. They will be able to access the EPO website for this during the exam.

    Candidates are allowed to use their own calendar to identify dates falling on a Saturday or Sunday."

  2. Yesterday, candidates received the following email from the EQE secretariat informing them of two opportunities to test their system and exam platform under exam conditions:

    Dear candidate,

    Please be informed that the instructions to candidates for the conduct of the EQE 2023 are now available on the EQE website.

    Please also note that you will be able to test your computer equipment and settings on the following dates:

    19 January 2023 at 9:30 – 10:30 and 14:00 – 15:00 CET and

    15 February 2023 at 9:30 – 10:30 and 14:00 – 15:00 CET.

    It is recommended to take advantage of these technical tests under examination conditions. We strongly advise you not to wait until the last moment to test in case you encounter problems.

    Further information will follow in January 2023.

    If you have not yet activated your WISEflow account, please urgently do so or inform us in case of problems.

    Best regards / Mit freundlichen Grüßen / Sincères salutations

    European Qualifying Examination EQE

    1. Are those dates only for the main exam papers or also for the Pre-Examination?

      When will there be an opportunity for Pre-Exam candidates to test system and exam platform under exam condition?

    2. Yes, Pre-Exam candidates have also been informed by the EQE secretariat of an opporunity to test system and exam platform under exam condition. Please refer to that email.

  3. New instructions to the candidates have been published on the EQE website (EQE online page):


    It is strongly recommended to read the entire document. It provides important information on:
    I. General, incl. Complaints procedure (lodge at the latest by the end of the day on which the paper concerned takes place, by filling in the dedicated form made available by the Examination Secretariat.)
    II. Examination environment
    III. Technical requirements. Candidates are free to run WISEflow on either a Windows operating system or macOS. However, there cannot be any claim of being disadvantaged by using one or other system. The use of iPads for the EQE is not allowed. Incl. responsibilities of candidates.
    IV. Preparation and start of the examination. Candidates should log on to WISEflow at least 30 minutes before the start time of the first flow on each examination day, for ID check and audio verification. The lockdown browser launch procedure should be run at the start of the examination but must be completed no later than 15 minutes after the examination start time.
    V. Exam invigilation
    VI. Misconduct

    It is strongly recommended to read the entire document.


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