European qualifying examination (EQE)

Examination Secretariat

Telephone enquiries:

09.00-11.00 hrs Mon, Wed-Fri
14.00-15.30 hrs Tues

Tel.: (+49-89) 2399 5155
Fax: (+49-89) 2399 5140

Postal address:

European Patent Office
European Qualifying Examination
Examination Secretariat
Room 724
80298 Munich

See also

The European Patent Academy's resources for EQE candidates


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European qualifying examination

European qualifying examination (JPG)

The European qualifying examination (EQE) tests candidates' knowledge and aptitude to represent applicants in EPO proceedings. Established in 1979, it is widely regarded as one of the most demanding professional examinations having been passed by more than 7000 candidates already.

About the EQE

The European qualifying examination and its aims, syllabus, languages; passing the examination.

Compendium (past papers and examiners' reports)

The compendium contains past examination papers in the three official languages, the markers' reports and examples of successful candidates' answers.

Admission and enrolment

Information for prospective candidates about admission requirements, fees and how to enrol.

2016 enrolment 

Results and statistics

Statistics on EQE results since 2002.

Successful candidates

Find a professional representative who has passed the EQE.


Calendars - pre-examination 2016

Calendars for the 2016 pre-examination

Examination Papers 

With effect from 2017, a single Paper A and a single Paper B will be set each year. As for current Paper C and the Pre-Examination, Papers A and B will be set in technical fields that are accessible to everyone. 

Notice of 18 July 2013 from the Examination Board - use of calendars in Paper D and Pre-examination (PDF, 14 kB)

Examination dates

Notice of 17 July  2014 from the Examination Secretariat - dates of EQE 2015, 2016 and 2017 (PDF, 42 kB)

Supervisory Board, Examination Board, Examination Committees and Examination Secretariat

List of members, status as at 01.01.2016 (PDF, 75 kB)

Examination venue 2016 (UK)

Notice of 06.11.2015 from the Examination Secretariat- UK venue for EQE 2016 (PDF, 18 kB)

Examination Committees

Notice of the Examination Board (Examination Committees are looking for new members (PDF, 1294 kB) - application form (PDF, 24 kB)

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