Candidates’ degrees and professional activities are checked on starting training and, when appropriate, recognised.
Registered EQE candidates may officially use this status, e.g. for job applications. In addition, they may benefit from training opportunities offered by epi and other providers.
During the transitional period, candidates can request that any previous periods of professional activity as defined in Article 11(2) REE are taken into account without any limitation as to time.
Registration is free of charge during this transitional period.
Candidates who must register:
Candidates who do not need to register:
Yes. All candidates have to register (see “Who needs to register?”).
Patent examiners at the EPO must submit a certificate available on the EPO intranet.
EPO examiners cannot be epi student members.
Even though no specific timeframe is indicated for registration, candidates need to register within two months of starting their training to ensure that the maximum possible period of professional activity is recognised.
A request for registration will not be deemed to have been filed until after the prescribed fees have been received on the EPO bank account and all relevant supporting documents have been received. The date on which both these requirements are fulfilled is deemed to be the registration date.
From the registration date, a maximum of two months of professional activity as defined in Article 11(2) REE will be taken into account retroactively. Articles 121 and 122 EPC do not apply.
Candidates need to submit the following documents:
Candidates must register via the web portal provided on the EQE web site.
Yes, absolutely. Registration does not replace enrolment for the pre-examination. Candidates have to enrol separately both for the pre-examination and for the main examination.
The specific deadlines for enrolment are published on the EQE website and in the Announcement of the EQE.
Candidates will automatically be sent a confirmation of receipt.
Only complete registration requests are deemed to be filed and can be processed. The Examination Secretariat will contact candidates by email if documents are not complete .
During the transitional period, processing may be delayed. Candidates are kindly requested to show patience.
A list of activities should be uploaded together with your enrolment documents. Please use our example.
The Secretariat may take activities in proceedings relating to national patent applications and national patents into account. However, the majority of a candidate's activities must pertain to European patents or patent applications.
Yes, Rule 28 entered into force on 1 April 2016. During a transitional period of at least one year starting from this date, candidates may request any previous period of professional activity as defined in Article 11(2) REE to be taken into account without limitation. The request may be made at any time during the transitional period. Registration is free of charge during the transitional period.
For candidates successfully enrolled for the European qualifying examination, no registration is necessary since their periods of professional activity are already known.
Yes, in all cases you must immediately inform the Examination Secretariat in writing preferably by email to email@example.com indicating your EQEReg number.
In case of change of name or nationality a certified copy of any supporting document (e.g. marriage certificate or passport) is necessary.
In accordance with Rule 1(3) IPREE it is possible to have supporting evidence certified by a professional representative (Art. 134 EPC). This is usually the quickest and easiest way to have documents certified. The certification should be written on a copy of the document and must include:
Fees relating to the EQE may only be paid by credit card or bank transfer. It is not possible to pay the fees by debiting an EPO deposit account.
Candidates are strongly recommended to use a credit card as their method of payment as this will ensure swift payment. Payments by bank transfer are considered to have been made on the date on which the amount of the transfer is actually entered in the bank account held by the EPO (see Article 7 of the Rules relating to Fees).
Candidates are reminded that a bank transfer may take time and it is therefore not recommended as a payment method shortly before the relevant deadline. Late receipt of payment will lead to the application being rejected.
No, the Examination Secretariat only issues a confirmation of payment. This can only be issued to the candidate and not to any third parties.
Any examination fees paid will be refunded if you inform the Examination Secretariat of your withdrawal until the deadline for refunds as stipulated in the Announcement of the EQE. Fees for registration and enrolment, however, are non-refundable.
No, a reimbursement after this date is not possible under any circumstance.
No, it is strictly prohibited to take electronic devices of any kind, be it mobile phones, cameras, digital watches or clocks into the examination hall (see Instructions to candidates concerning the conduct of the European qualifying examination, Supplementary publication OJ EPO 2/2014 p. 38 and f.). Non-compliance may lead to disqualification from the examination.
No, you do not have to be a citizen of one of the contracting states to enrol for the EQE. However, in order to be included in the list of professional representatives, you must meet the conditions of Article 134 EPC.
You can download past papers as PDF documents from the website:
There is no limitation in time for valid results. It is not necessary to enrol every year to maintain the validity of these results.
The modular system ceased to exist when the new Regulation on the European qualifying examination came into force in 2009. Candidates are free to choose the paper(s) they wish to sit.
No, all previously uploaded documents are saved in your personal file.