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EQE fee subsidy

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Where can I get a copy of the compendium of past EQE papers?

You can download past papers as PDF documents from the website.

The EQE compendium

You can order the ESPACE Legal DVD online. It contains PDF versions of the compendium (and other EPO legal texts).

Order form


Where can I find details of the EPO's bank accounts?

Details of the EPO's bank accounts can be found in the Official Journal.


How and where can I enrol for the EQE?

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.


When re-enrolling for the EQE, do I have to file my diplomas and certificates again?

No, all previously filed documents are saved in your personal file.


What is the latest date that I can withdraw from the EQE and still claim a refund?

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.


If I withdraw after the EQE withdrawal cut-off date, can I get a refund if I file a medical certificate?

No, this is not possible.


Can I have the supporting evidence required for my application to sit the EQE certified by a professional representative, and if so, what form should the certification take?

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.


I am an EQE candidate and have recently changed my name. Do I need to inform the secretariat of this?

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)


Do I have to be a national of one of the contracting states to enrol for the EQE?

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.


Is Rule 28 of the implementing provisions to the Regulation on the EQE (REE) already in force?

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.


How does the EQE's module system work?

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.


To what extent can the EQE Secretariat take national patent applications into account when determining the periods of activities referred to in Article 11(2)(a) of the Regulation on the EQE?

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.


I withdrew earlier from one or more papers in the next EQE, but would now like to re-enrol for the same paper(s). Is that possible?

No, should you withdraw from one or more of the examination papers you will not be able to enrol again until the following enrolment period.

EQE fee subsidy


What is the "subvention" of the enrolment and examination fees for the EQE examinations?

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.


From which member states may EQE candidates apply for the subsidy?

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).


Which EQE fees are covered by this subvention?

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.


A candidate is eligible for a fee subsidy if he/she:

  • is a permanent resident and has been permanently employed for at least 6 months prior to applying for the EQE fee subsidy in one of the following EPO member states AL, BG, HR, CY, CZ, EE, MK, GR, HU, LV, LT, MT, PL, PT, RO, RS, SK, SI, or TR;
  • intends to file his/her application for enrolment to the EQE 2015 (see the “Regulation on the European qualifying examination for professional representatives (REE)” and the “Announcement of the EQE 2015”, respectively in the Supplement to OJ 2/2014 and in OJ 3/2014, Article A35); and
  • provides the required documents as defined below.

Documentation to be provided together with this request:

  • Written proof of candidate's place of residence. This should be an original permanent residence permit obtained from the local government authority. A residence permit is a document identifying and confirming that the holder has a permanent residence in a given country.
  • Written proof of his/her place of work. This should be an extract of his/her work contract or internship agreement or any official document showing his/her place of work.
  • Translations should be provided in one of the three official languages of the EPO (English, French, German).

Can I request a fee subsidy for an EQE examination which I am resitting?

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.


What happens if I withdraw from one or more EQE examination, and inform the EQE Examination Secretariat before given deadline?

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.


How does a prospective EQE candidate request for the EQE Fee subsidy?

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.


How will I know if my request for fee subsidy has been approved?

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.


What do I do once my request has been approved?

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.


Deadlines

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.


What is the relationship between the Fee subsidy and the CSP?

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:

Request Form


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