Seminar preparing for the EQE Pre-Examination


The Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) is known for its courses adapted to prepare candidates for the European Qualifying Examination (EQE), increasing their chances of success. Recent statistics show that the pass rate on the EQE pre-examination 2018 of candidates having attended the CEIPI preparation courses is higher than 82%, i.e. 10% higher than the pass rate of other candidates.

The next pre-examination will be held in 2020 for those candidates who fulfil the requirements to present themselves to the pre-examination of the EQE in 2019 (see Supplement to OJ OEB 02/2014).

CEIPI is organizing a seminar in Strasbourg to help candidates in preparing themselves for that pre-examination.

This seminar will take place from 4 to 8 November 2019.

Participants are expected to have a sound working knowledge of patent law. The teaching material will be designed in accordance with presently available information with regard to the expected style of the Pre-Examination procedure, which is based on a multiple choice system.

The pre-examination seminar will cover the following topics (see Rule 10 of the Implementing Provisions to the Regulation on the EQE, Supplement to OJ EPO 02/2014):

(a) Legal questions relating to the candidates' knowledge of the relevant provisions, including the EPC, the Implementing Regulations to the EPC, the Ancillary Regulations to the EPC, the Rules relating to Fees, the PCT, the Regulations under the PCT and the Guidelines for Examination in the EPO.

(b) Questions on the drafting of claims, the allowability of claims and the scope of protection provided by claims.

(c) During the pre-exam seminar participants will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a short mock examination.

The pre-examination seminar will be held in all three official languages of the EPO (English, French and German).

You can download the 2019 programme:


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Please note that early enrolment is advisable.

For organizational reasons, the number of participants has to be limited. Applications will be treated on a first come, first served basis. If the seminars are oversubscribed, names will be put on a waiting list.

The closing date for receipt of all applications is 13 September 2019.

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      For further information, please contact:

      Cynthia JEHL
      CEIPI Section Internationale
      Université de Strasbourg
      Boîte Postale 68
      11, rue du Maréchal Juin
      F - 67046 Strasbourg cedex

      Tél : (+33) 3 68 85 84 86
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