You can download past papers as PDF documents from the website.
You can order the ESPACE Legal DVD online. It contains PDF versions of the compendium (and other EPO legal texts).
Details of the EPO's bank accounts can be found in the Official Journal.
Candidates must enrol for the EQE via the web portal available on the EQE website under Admittance and enrolment. Here you will also find an editable-PDF certificate of training or employment available for download.
No, all previously filed documents are saved in your personal file.
Any examination fees paid will be refunded if you inform the Examination Secretariat of your withdrawal no later than 31 October 2014. Fees for registration and enrolment, however, are non-refundable.
No, this is not possible.
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:
- a statement that the certified copy corresponds with the original
- the date and place of certification
- the signature of the professional representative and his/her name in block capitals.
Yes, you should inform the Examination Secretariat of your change of name in writing, and submit a certified copy of any supporting documents (e.g. marriage certificate). In general, any change concerning your correspondence details or training/employment situation must be communicated to the Examination Secretariat in writing (e-mail or fax)
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.
Not yet. Rule 28 will enter into force on a date to be determined by the Supervisory Board. Once the rule comes into force, a transitional period will be set during which candidates will be able to register previously completed periods of professional activity as defined in Article 11(2) REE.
The module 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.
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.
In 2012 the EPO President decided to support prospective EQE candidates residing in those member states of the EPO which currently receive the highest level of financial support under the co-operation policy. This subvention is financed from the EPO's co-operation budget.
Residents of the following 19 member states are eligible to request a Fee Subsidy, equivalent to 75% of the normal fee: Albania (AL), Bulgaria (BG), Croatia (HR), Cyprus (CY), Czech Republic (CZ), Estonia (EE), FYR of Macedonia (MK), Greece (GR), Hungary (HU), Latvia (LV), Lithuania (LT), Malta (MT), Poland (PL), Portugal (PT), Romania (RO), Serbia (RS), Slovak Republic (SK), Slovenia (SI), and Turkey (TR).
This subvention applies both to the annual enrolment fee of €200, and to the individual examination fee of €200 to €300 per examination paper. The subsidy covers 75% of the fees. Therefore when enrolling, candidates will pay 25% of the total amount of the prescribed fees. You may request a fee subsidy up to, and including, your third resit, per examination paper.
You may request a fee subsidy up to, and including, your third resit, per examination paper.
According to the REE Article 9 “Fees – Rules 7 and 8 IPREE”, 150% of the basic fee must be paid for sitting a paper for a third time since 2010. The examination fee for this paper will amount to €300.
Please be informed that any EQE fees paid to the EPO, and for which you have received a Fee subsidy, will not be refunded, even if you withdraw before the deadline given by the EQE Secretariat.
This amount will be retained by the EPO to cover the administration costs of your request.
Prospective EQE candidates, who are eligible for the Fee subsidy, should make their requests using the Request Form provided by the EPO. Requests will only be considered if made using this Request Form.
This must be done prior to applying for EQE registration and enrolment.
All candidates will be informed per e-mail of the result of their request for a fee subsidy.
Candidates applying for subsidies must await approval of their request before submitting their application to sit the EQE 2015.
Successful candidates will receive a validation code which they must use when applying for registration and enrolment for the EQE 2015, via the EQE Web Portal.
A request for Fee subsidy is not a registration for the EQE examination.
You must register to sit the EQE examination separately via the EQE Web Portal.
Candidates are reminded of the strict application of the closing dates for EQE enrolment.
Please note: Fee Subsidy Requests must reach the EPO no later than Monday 26 May 2014.
This is to allow for the EPO to inform each applicant as to whether or not their request for Fee subsidy has been approved, and to allow the applicant sufficient time to register and pay for the EQE Pre-examination, via the EQE Web Portal.
This fee subvention is in no way related to the EQE Candidate Support Project (CSP).
Here is the Request Form for the EQE Fee subsidy: