Seminar preparing for the EQE Pre-Examination course offered as on-site or online training

CEIPI is pleased to announce that the seminar preparing for the EQE pre-examination 2024 will be organized as classroom training and also be availaible online.


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. Long years’ statistics show that the pass rate on the EQE pre-examination of candidates having attended the CEIPI preparation courses is very high, and mostly higher than the pass rate of other candidates.

The next EQE pre-examination will be held in 2024 for those candidates who fulfil the requirements to present themselves to this examination (see Supplement to OJ OEB 02/2019).

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

This seminar will take place from 23 to 27 October 2023.

The main seminar will be offered either as a "Strasbourg seminar" or remotely. Experience has shown that the on-site training format prepares candidates most efficiently for the examination, because it facilitates intense communication between tutors and participants and among the course participants. The CEIPI therefore recommends to give priority to the on-site training format. However, in order to also prepare those candidates for the EQE who cannot attend the on-site seminar, this course preparing for the EQE pre-examination 2024 will also be offered as online training.

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 02/2019):

(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.

This seminar takes into account the specificities of the e-EQE. 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 2023 programme below:


See our complete price offer for 2023-2024

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.

Closing date for receipt of all applications: 29 September 2023.

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