Preparatory Seminars EQE
The CEIPI is organizing 5-day seminars preparing for papers A+B, C and D of the European Qualifying Examination. These seminars take place in Strasbourg.
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 November 2017 (Papers A+B and C) and in January 2018 (Paper D), candidates are advised to also enrol for the earlier mentioned introductory ("pre-prep") 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 topics: drafting both a notice of opposition and a response to client questions.
The methodologies discussed in the introductory courses ("preprep"-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 2017 A and B papers under mock examination conditions. For paper C, exercises are mixed with the examination C 2016, 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 in Strasbourg according to the following schedule:
A + B: 20.11 - 22.11.17 noon
C : 22.11 (afternoon) - 24.11.17 (afternoon)
D : 8 - 12.01.18
For some further information about the seminar content, you can download the programmes of the 2016-17 seminars:
The programmes of the forthcoming seminars will soon be available.
The A+B, C and D seminars are for those intending to sit the examination in 2017 (main examination).
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.
Deadline for enrolments : 15 September 2017.
For further informationn please contact:
CEIPI Section Internationale
Université de Strasbourg
Boîte Postale 68
11, rue du Maréchal Juin
Tél : (+33) 3 68 85 80 19
Fax : (+33) 3 68 85 85 66
Courriel : firstname.lastname@example.org