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.
Bringing electronic devices of any kind (mobile phones, electronic watches or clocks, cameras etc.) is not permitted, even if they are switched off. Only analogue wrist watches with no additional functions are allowed. Non-compliance may lead to disqualification from the examination.