There are benefits, to those wishing to get on the List by way of the European Qualifying Examination (EQE), of applying to become Students of the epi.
Applying to become a Student involves payment of an entry fee of EUR 80, which provides the benefits to the end of the third year from the application date. Each registered Student will receive his/her own copy of "epi Information" and a Study Guide. This latter includes a list of recommended reading material, a list of training resources in EPC States, the relevant EQE rules and provisions, and the training guidelines.
Students are also entitled to a reduction in the costs of epi tutorials and epi seminars. With regard to the fees, reference should be made to the epi tutorials / seminar enrolment form which is available from the epi Secretariat or can be downloaded from our website.
The application form for epi Students is available here.
Study Guide for the European qualifying examinationCEIPI, the European Patent Academy and epi have in cooperation produced a “Study Guide for the European qualifying examination”. The purpose is to assist mainly candidates and their supervisors in how to systematically prepare for the examination.
This is a 2nd edition and it will be updated and improved on a continuous basis.
epi, EPO Academy and CEIPI decided to set up a joint Working Group (WG) to develop online exercises for candidates preparing for the EQE. Aim of the project is to provide new EQE-related exercises through the internet which help EQE candidates to self-test their knowledge/competences with respect to the various EQE papers.
Recently a first tangible result of the project has been put online (www.eqe-online.org/questions/ or www.eqe-online.org/forum/). It relates to paper DI and provides some 70 questions on EPC time limits /deadlines. The format chosen allows a user to request (a number of) open questions. After answering the answers in turn by submitting the time limit and the legal basis for it (EPC article/rule) the programme checks the submitted answer and provides the calculation of the correct answer as well as the legal basis for it.
A pilot test with over 300 users has been completed successfully.
We hope that this e-learning programme provides a useful addition to the arsenal of tools available to EQE-students
The WG welcomes feedback from users or other interested members.
Over time the Working Group will add questions on other aspects of EPC as well to the DI module.
The Working Group is currently developing a multiple choice exercise relating to paper A (E/M) which is due to go online later this year. The Working Group will turn to the other papers subsequently.
We will keep you informed on the progress.