The validity of the following information is subject to the further evolution of the Covid-19 crisis and the possiblility of organizing the announced events and courses as currently planned. Updated information will be published on the EPO and CEIPI websites in due time.
The Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) is known for its complete range of high-quality courses preparing for the European qualifying examination (EQE), using proprietary high-quality training material. This programme enables candidates to increase their chances of success.
A pre-examination will be held in 2021 for those candidates who fulfil the requirements to present themselves to the pre-examination of the EQE in 2021 (see supplementary publication 2, OJ EPO 2019, OJ EPO 2019, A98).
CEIPI is organising, as part of the Euro-CEIPI collaboration with the European Patent Academy, seminars and courses in Strasbourg, Munich and Paris to help candidates prepare for the pre-examination.
Different from other courses preparing for the EQE, the tutors for these courses are a perfect mix of professional representatives (from private practice and industry), and staff of the departments of first instance of the EPO and of the Boards of Appeal. All have extensive knowledge and practical experience in the procedures before the EPO, be it in examination and opposition, or in appeal before the Boards of Appeal.
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.
I. Main seminar
The main seminar preparing for the EQE 2021 will take place from 9 to 13 November 2020 in Strasbourg.
Participants are expected to have a sound working knowledge of patent law. The teaching material will be designed in accordance with the 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, supplementary publication 2, OJ EPO 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
(c) during the pre-exam seminar, participants will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a mock examination.
The pre-examination seminar will be held in all three official languages of the EPO (English, French and German).
The fee is EUR 1 700 for the five-day seminar.
Please note that early enrolment is advisable.
The closing date for receipt of all applications is 25 September 2020.
For organisational reasons, the number of participants has to be limited. Applications to CEIPI will be treated on a first come, first served basis. If the seminars are oversubscribed, names will be put on a waiting list.
More information on the programme of the seminar as well as other courses can be found on the CEIPI website under Training in European Patent Law and preparation for the EQE-EQF/Preparation for the EQE.
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II. Intensive course "mock examination" for the EQE pre-examination 2021
To complete the above programme, CEIPI offers for the pre-examination an opportunity to candidates wishing to improve their skills in respect of this paper. To that end, CEIPI organises an intensive course "mock examination", in which candidates put themselves under examination conditions and write twice a full pre-examination within the same time as available in the examination.
For that purpose, the CEIPI has designed two complete pre-examination papers in order to give the candidates the opportunity to take two mock exams exclusively offered to them in the framework of this course. In the afternoon, the tutors will present a model solution for each of these mock examinations.
There is no point coming to this course insufficiently prepared, as this will either hold up the other candidates or the pace will be too fast.
Please note that early enrolment is advisable.
The aim of the course is to give the candidates the possibility, close to but also sufficiently in advance of the actual pre-examination in March 2021, to exercise their skills in sitting two mock exams under the same conditions as the real examination. With subsequent feedback from a tutor on the papers in question and on the work delivered by the candidates, as well as the possibility of putting "last-minute" questions to the tutor, candidates will have an even better idea of whether certain issues need closer study and/or which skills should be further trained.
Depending on the available capacity the participants will be chosen on a first come, first served basis. If the courses are oversubscribed, names will be put on a waiting list.
This intensive course "mock examination" will take place, in all three official languages of the EPO (English, French and German) as a two-day course on Thursday, 21 January and Friday, 22 January 2021. For English- and German-speaking candidates the course will be held in Munich. For French-speaking candidates it will take place in Paris.
The fee for this course is EUR 750.
Programme (for each of the two days):
9.00 - 13.00 hrs mock exam
14.00 - 18.00 hrs presentation of the CEIPI model solution for the mock exam and question and answer session
The closing date for receipt of all applications is 9 December 2020.
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