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Details of the EPO's bank accounts can be found at the back of the Official Journal.
Enrolment forms are available online in editable PDF format.
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 5 September 2012. Fees for registration and enrolment, however, are non-refundable.
No, this is not possible.
According to Rule 1(3) of the implementing provisions to the Regulation on the European qualifying examination for professional representatives, the supporting documents required for the European qualifying examination may be certified by a professional representative (Art. 134 EPC). 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).
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.
According to Rule 28(4) of the implementing provisions, Rule 28 will enter into force on a date to be determined by the Supervisory Board. It is assumed that 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. 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.