II. CEIPI Preparatory Seminars for the European qualifying examination 2008, for papers AB and C in November 2007, for Paper D in January 2008, Strasbourg
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) 2008.
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/Madrid and Stockholm in the early autumn of 2007 (see above).
To fully benefit from the Preparatory Seminars in November 2007 (Papers AB and C) and in January 2008 (Paper D), candidates are advised to enrol for these Introductory ("Pre-prep") Courses; it helps them to acquaint themselves at an earlier stage with the methodologies taught and sets them on the rails for preparing themselves better.
The working texts for the seminar are largely based on past EQE papers. The AB and C seminar in November will incorporate mock exams in the form of papers from the EQE, eg 2006 and/or exercises under exam conditions, the D seminar in January will incorporate a mock exam in the form of the D II Paper from the EQE 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 19 to 23 November 2007.
The seminar will cover the following topics: drafting claims and drafting an introduction to the description in Paper A; replying to an Office communication and preparing an amended set of claims in Paper B; and drafting both a notice of opposition and a response to the client's questions in Paper C.
The AB or C part may be booked separately.
The courses will be held in each official language of the EPO (English, French and German).
In this seminar the AB part will have groups for chemical and non-chemical subject-matter.
The methodologies discussed in the Introductory Courses ("Pre-prep"-courses, see above) will be reviewed and deepened, using a past paper, under the guidance of a tutor. Important topics like problem/solution approach, partial problems, 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 and B papers under mock examination conditions. For Paper C the intention is to mix examination parts with exercises, both under mock exam 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 2008.
The seminar on legal questions (D paper) will be held twice in 2008, from 7 to 11 January (Monday to Friday) and from 22 to 26 January 2008 (Tuesday to Saturday).
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 practise 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 2008.
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 900 for the 5 day courses (ABC or D); for the AB part on its own the fee is EUR 650, for the C Part on its own EUR 500.
The closing date for receipt of all applications is 1 October 2007.
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
67046 Strasbourg cedex
Tel. +33 (0) 388 14 45 92
Fax +33 (0) 388 14 45 94
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