Preparatory Seminars EQE (hybrid/distance learning)

CEIPI is pleased to announce that the seminars preparing for the EQE 2021 will be organized:

-       for French-speaking participants: in a hybrid format (on-site in Strasbourg with the possibility of distance-learning format)for seminar ABC, and exclusively online for seminar D

-       for the English- and German-speaking participants: online training exclusively

Indeed, the CEIPI takes into account the uncertain evolution of the current sanitary situation and the possible travel bans that may arise from it, to enable all candidates to attend the training.


The CEIPI is organizing 5-day seminars preparing for papers A+B, C and D of the European Qualifying Examination.

For French candidates, seminar ABC takes place as classroom training in Strasbourg. However, we offer the possiblity to French-speaking candidates unable to travel due to current sanitary restrictions to attend the seminars online. Taking into account the lock-down measures since end of October, seminar D is taking place online exclusively.

For English- and German-speaking candidates, the seminars are exclusively organized online.

The seminar's European character is reflected in the international mix of tutors (qualified European Patent attorneys as well as agents of the EPO) and participants. Group-based work ensures discussion between the two. Participants are required to know one of the EPO's official languages (English, French or German), as the seminars are held in these languages.

To fully benefit from these preparatory seminars in October 2020 (Papers A+B and C) and in November 2020 (Paper D), candidates are advised to also enrol for the earlier mentioned introductory methodology courses; it helps them to acquaint themselves at an earlier stage with the methodologies taught and sets them on track for preparing themselves better.

The working texts for the seminar are largely based on past EQE papers, updated and adapted if necessary. Both seminars will incorporate mock exams in the form of papers from former EQEs.

  • The seminar for papers A+B will cover the following topics: drafting claims and drafting an introduction to the description in Paper A; replying to a communication and preparing an amended set of claims in Paper B,
  • The seminar for paper C will deal with the following topic: drafting a notice of opposition.

The methodologies discussed in the introductory methodology courses will be reviewed and deepened, using a past paper, under the guidance of a tutor. The important topics like problem/solution approach, priority, inadmissible amendments and prior use will also be discussed further.

Participants will have the opportunity to apply the strategies and methodologies discussed by doing the A and B papers under mock examination conditions. For paper C, exercises are mixed with the examination C 2018, the latter under mock exam conditions. Various approaches and suggested solutions will then be presented and discussed in the light of the Examiners' Reports and the "CEIPI-solution".

  • The Seminar for paper D

The seminar aims to enable candidates to answer the legal questions substantively and within the time allowed. It serves as a final test for the EQE. The method involves independent work under the tutors' supervision, plus discussion of the answers. Candidates learn and practice the different approaches needed to tackle the questions of Part D1 as well as the more extensive question of part D2, and practise these techniques.

The seminars take place according to the following schedule:

A + B: from 26 to 28 (morning) October 2020
C: from 28 (afternoon) to 30 October 2020
D: from 16 to 20 November 2020

You can download the programmes of October for the seminars AB and C for the English-and German speaking participants (the courses are exclusively given online). You will also find below the programme of November for the seminar D.


Applications to CEIPI will be treated on a first come, first served basis. If the courses are oversubscribed, names will be put on a waiting list.

The deadline for enrolments has been extended to 16 October 2020 for seminars AB, C and D.

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      Sylvie Kra
      CEIPI Section Internationale
      Université de Strasbourg
      Bâtiment Le Cardo
      7, rue de l'Ecarlate - CS 20024
      F-67082 Strasbourg

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