CEIPI preparatory seminars, January/February 2007
Please note that early enrolment is advisable.
The Centre for International Industrial Property Studies (CEIPI) is holding two seminars in Strasbourg to help candidates prepare for the European qualifying examination (EQE) 2007.
Participants are expected to have reached an advanced stage in their own preparations for the examination. To this end, introductory ("Pre-prep") courses for Papers AB, C and D will be held in Strasbourg, Paris, Milan, Barcelona and Stockholm in the autumn of 2006 (see below).
To take full advantage of the preparatory seminars in January/February 2007, candidates are advised to enrol for these introductory ("Pre-prep") courses as well; it helps them to acquaint themselves at an earlier stage with the methodologies taught.
The working texts for the seminar are largely based on past EQE papers. Both seminars will incorporate mock exams in the form of papers from the EQE 2006.
The seminar on legal questions (paper D) will be held twice in 2007, from 8 to 12 January and from 23 to 27 January 2007.
Applicants may indicate a preferred week, but course allocation will be at CEIPI's discretion.
The seminar aims to enable candidates to answer the legal questions substantively and within the time allowed. It serves as a final test for the EQE. The method involves independent work under the tutors' supervision, plus discussion of the answers. Candidates learn and practice the different approaches needed to tackle the questions of Part D1 as well as the more extensive question of part D2, and practise these techniques.
The Paper D seminars are for those intending to sit the examination in 2007.
Papers A, B and C
The seminar on Papers A (claim drafting), B (claim amendment and response to the Office communication) and C (opposition) will be held from 5 to 9 February 2007.
The seminar will cover the following topics: drafting claims and drafting an introduction to the description in Paper A; replying to a communication and preparing an amended set of claims in Paper B; and drafting both a notice of opposition and a response to client questions in Paper C.
The part AB or C may be booked separately.
The courses will be held in each official language of the EPO (English, French and German). The AB part will have groups for chemical and non-chemical subject-matter.
The methodologies discussed in the introductory courses ("Pre-prep" courses, see below) will be reviewed and deepened, using a past paper, under the guidance of a tutor. The important topics like problem-solution approach, priority, inadmissible amendments and prior use will also be discussed further.
Participants will have the opportunity to apply the strategies and methodologies discussed by doing the 2006 A, B and C papers under mock examination conditions. Various approaches and suggested solutions will then be presented and discussed in the light of the Examiners' Reports and the "CEIPI solution".
The AB and C seminars are for those intending to sit the examination in 2007.
The seminar's European character is reflected in the international mix of tutors (qualified European patent attorneys as well as agents of the EPO) and participants. Group-based work ensures discussion between the two. Participants are required to know one of the EPO's official languages (English, French or German).
Participant numbers are limited, to ensure proper discussion between tutors and the group.
Applications to CEIPI will be treated on a first come, first served basis. If the courses are oversubscribed, names will be put on a waiting list. Those enrolling for the first time will be given precedence over those wishing to repeat the courses.
The fee is EUR 850 for the five day courses (ABC or D); for the AB part on its own the fee is EUR 610., for the C part on its own EUR 460.
The closing date for receipt of all applications is 30 October 2006.
More information on these courses can be found on the CEIPI website: www.ceipi.edu or be obtained from:
CEIPI Section Internationale
Université Robert Schuman
Boîte Postale 68
F-67046 Strasbourg cedex
Tel.: (+33 (0) 388) 14 45 92
Fax: (+33 (0) 388) 14 45 94
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