Proposal on new European qualifying examination (EQE)

A working group with members from the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (epi) has jointly developed a new proposal for the European qualifying examination (EQE).

Building on the strengths of the existing EQE, the new examination will consist of six modules that test candidates' factual and procedural knowledge of patent law, as well as their ability to apply it strategically. The complexity of the subject matter and time pressure on candidates increases with each module of the examination. These competences will be evaluated in a digital environment that reflects how patent attorneys work today.

Consultation - share your views

This marks the first phase in a full public consultation on the new EQE that will be launched later this month. The consultation will cover this concept paper, as well as details of the proposed modules and the core competences tested. After registration, you will also have the opportunity to experience the new online EQE environment and consult sample papers. Drawing on input from the consultation, we will enrich and finalise the concept.

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New EQE - Proposal and consultation