Official Journal March 2021

Citation: A24
Online publication date: 31.3.2021

EUROPEAN PATENT OFFICE


Representation

CEIPI - European qualifying examination 2022 ("main examination")

The validity of the following information is subject to the further evolution of the Covid-19 crisis and the possibility of organising the on-site training courses mentioned below as currently planned. Updated information will be published on the CEIPI website in due time.

For the European qualifying examination (EQE) 2022, CEIPI (Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies) offers, as part of the Euro-CEIPI collaboration with the European Patent Academy, a complete range of high-quality exam preparation courses using proprietary high-quality training material.

This training programme consists of introductory "Methodology" courses in the early autumn of 2021 in Paris, followed by preparatory seminars in October 2021 and in January 2022, in Strasbourg. These courses will also be offered online.

Experience has shown that the on-site training format prepares candidates most efficiently for the examination, because it facilitates intense communication between tutors and participants and among the course participants. The CEIPI therefore recommends to give priority to the on-site training format. However, in order to also prepare those candidates for the EQE who cannot attend the on-site training, the CEIPI also organises the above courses preparing for the EQE 2022 as online training.

This programme is completed with intensive mock exam courses in January 2022. These intensive courses, which put candidates under the exam conditions of the e-EQE, will take place online.

The Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) has developed this programme over several years and believes it has been successful in providing candidates with a set of courses adapted to the EQE, increasing their chances of success. Statistics based on feedback from French-speaking candidates – for whom this programme has been in place now for a number of years – show that their chances of success after following this programme are in the order of 70-80%, considerably higher than the average pass rate for the EQE.

Different from other courses preparing for the EQE, the tutors for these courses are a perfect mix of professional representatives (from private practice and industry), and staff of the departments of first instance of the EPO and of the Boards of Appeal. All have extensive knowledge and practical experience in the procedures before the EPO, be it in examination and opposition, or in appeal before the Boards of Appeal.

Enrolment for the complete CEIPI course offer for one or more papers of the EQE 2022 will allow candidates to benefit from "package" discounts. Further information is available on our website www.ceipi.edu.

I. Introductory "Methodology" courses in early autumn 2021 for Papers A+B (claim drafting and reply to the official letter), C (opposition) and D (legal questions)

Please note that early enrolment is advisable.

The courses are for candidates intending to prepare themselves for the EQE (main examination). They are not intended for candidates preparing for the pre-examination (see the separate CEIPI announcement in this Official Journal).

They aim to set the candidates as early as possible "on the track" for preparing for the EQE (main examination) and to bring them to the required level for the CEIPI preparatory seminars to be held in October 2021 and in January 2022 (see below).

In these "Methodology" courses an introduction is given to the methodologies for solving papers A, B, C and D respectively. In particular, they aim at identifying the competences which candidates must develop in order to pass the examination. Moreover, the examination requirements are explained and a review of important topics for each paper is given. The courses offer candidates suggestions to help them when they prepare themselves for the exams as well as for the CEIPI preparatory seminars in October 2021 and in January 2022.

To fully benefit from the preparatory seminars in October 2021 (Papers A+B and C) and in January 2022 (Paper D), candidates are therefore strongly advised to enrol for these preceding introductory "Methodology" courses to be held in the early autumn of 2021 as well; it helps them to acquaint themselves at an early stage with the intricacies of the papers, the methodologies taught and the material to be studied, which gives them more time to practise before the preparatory seminar and the European qualifying examination in 2022.

Depending on the available capacity the participants will be chosen on a first come, first served basis.

More information on the course programme can be found on the CEIPI website: www.ceipi.edu under Training in European Patent Law and preparation for the EQE-EQF/Preparation for the EQE.

The courses will be held in Paris for English-, German- and French-speaking candidates, and also be offered as online training. The CEIPI recommends, however, to attend the on-site training, as this has proved to prepare candidates very efficiently for the examination (see above).

The courses are organised as a one-day course (A+B and C, respectively) or as a one-and-a-half-day course (D).

The one-day courses generally run from 8.30/9.00 to 17.00/18.00 hrs.

The dates are:

Course

Paris or online
(EN, DE, FR)

A+B

17.09.2021

C

18.09.2021

D

15./16.09.2021

On request and subject to the availability of suitable tutors, complementary "Methodology" courses can be organised in other cities.

Each "Methodology" course may be taken separately.

The fee for a one-day course is EUR 600. The fee for a one-and-a-half-day course is EUR 900.

The price of the Methodology course A+B includes the "A-Book".

The price of the Methodology course C includes the "C-Book", last edition.

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.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 13 August 2021.

You can apply via:
sylvie.kra@ceipi.edu

II. CEIPI preparatory seminars for the European qualifying examination 2022 (main examination), for papers A+B and C in October 2021 and for Paper D in January 2022, in Strasbourg or online

The Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) is holding two seminars to help candidates prepare for the European qualifying examination (EQE) 2022 (main examination).

Participants are expected to have reached an advanced stage in their own preparations for the examination. To achieve this level, introductory "Methodology" courses for Papers A+B, C and D will be held in the early autumn of 2021 (see above).

To fully benefit from these preparatory seminars in October 2021 (Papers A+B and C) and in January 2022 (Paper D), candidates are advised to enrol for the earlier mentioned Methodology courses; it helps them to acquaint themselves at an earlier stage with the methodologies taught and sets them on track for preparing themselves better.

The working texts for the seminar are largely based on past EQE papers. The A+B and C seminar will incorporate mock exams in the form of papers A and B 2019 and paper C 2019 under exam conditions and exercises. The D seminar will also incorporate a mock examination.

Papers A, B and C

The seminar on Papers A (drafting of claims and an introduction), B (reply to an official letter) and C (drafting an opposition) will be held from 25 to 29 October 2021. It is offered either as on-site training in Strasbourg or remotely.

The CEIPI recommends to attend the on-site training, as this has proved to prepare candidates very efficiently for the examination (see above).

The seminar will cover the following topics: drafting claims and drafting an introduction to the description in Paper A; drafting an appropriately amended set of claims and a letter to the EPO in Paper B; and drafting a notice of opposition in Paper C (see Rules 23-25 of the IPRE (supplementary publication 2, OJ EPO 2019) and the communications of the Examination Board of 5 November 2012 and 18 July 2013). The seminar takes into account the specificities of the e-EQE.

The A+B or C part may be booked separately. Depending on the availability of places, it is possible to enrol for the A or B part only.

The courses will be held in each official language of the EPO (English, French and German).

The methodologies discussed in the introductory "Methodology" courses (see above) are refreshed and further developed using past papers, updated if necessary, under the guidance of a tutor. Essential topics such as the problem/solution approach, partial problems, priority, inadmissible amendments and prior public use will also be discussed further.

Participants will have the opportunity to apply the strategies and topics discussed in the seminar by doing papers A and B 2019 under mock examination conditions. For Paper C exercises are mixed with doing the examination paper C 2019, the latter under mock exam conditions. Various approaches and suggested solutions will then be presented and discussed in the light of the examiners' reports and model solutions of CEIPI (i.e. the "CEIPI solution").

Paper D

The seminar on legal questions (Paper D) will be held either from 10 to 14 January 2022 in Strasbourg or from 17 to 21 January 2022 as online training.

The CEIPI recommends to attend the on-site training, as this has proved to prepare candidates very efficiently for the examination (see above).

The seminar aims at enabling candidates to answer the legal questions substantively and within the available time. 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 D I as well as the more extensive question of Part D II, and practise these techniques. The seminar takes into account the specificities of the e-EQE.

General

The seminars' European character is reflected in the international mix of tutors (qualified European patent attorneys as well as staff of the EPO) and participants. Group-based work ensures discussion between the two. Participants should have sufficient command of one of the EPO's official languages (English, French or German).

Participant numbers per group are limited to ensure proper discussion between tutors and the group.

More information on the programme of the seminars can be found on the CEIPI website: www.ceipi.edu under Training in European Patent Law and preparation for the EQE-EQF/Preparation for the EQE.

Enrolment conditions:

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 1 700 for the five-day courses (seminar A+B and C or seminar D); for the A+B part and for the C part on their own the fee is EUR 875 each.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 17 September 2021.

You can apply via: sylvie.kra@ceipi.edu

More information on both these courses can also be obtained from:

Christiane Melz
CEIPI Section Internationale
Bâtiment LE CARDO
7 rue de l'Ecarlate
CS 20024
FR-67082 STRASBOURG Cedex
Tel. +33 (0)368 858313
christiane.melz@ceipi.edu

III. Intensive courses "mock examination" for Papers A+B, C and D of the European qualifying examination 2022 (main examination)

To complete the above programme, CEIPI offers for Papers A+B, C and D an opportunity to candidates wishing to improve their skills in respect of these papers. To that end, CEIPI organises intensive mock examination courses, in which candidates put themselves under examination conditions and write a full Paper A+B, C or D within the same time as available in the examination. The papers will receive a quick check by the tutors and will be handed back to the candidates with the result.

The courses are particularly designed for candidates who have enrolled for the EQE 2022 (main examination), respectively for Papers A+B, C or D and have followed either a preceding Introductory "Methodology" course, or a recent preceding "Preparatory Seminar" for these papers, or both.

There is no point coming to this course insufficiently prepared, as this will either hold up the other candidates or the pace will be too fast.

Please note that early enrolment is advisable.

The aim of the course is to give the candidates the possibility, close to but also sufficiently in advance of the actual European qualifying examination (main examination) 2022, to exercise their skills in sitting these papers under examination conditions. With subsequent feedback from a tutor on the paper(s) in question and on the work delivered by the candidates, as well as the possibility of putting "last-minute" questions to the tutor, candidates will have an even better idea of whether certain issues need closer study and/or which skills should be further trained.

The intensive courses, which aim at putting candidates under the exam conditions of the e-EQE, will only be organised online.

Depending on the available capacity the participants will be chosen on a first come, first served basis.

Intensive course "mock examination" for Papers A+B:

This course will take place:

  • as a one-and-a-half-day course on Monday, 24 January and on Tuesday afternoon, 25 January 2022, for the English- and German-speaking candidates;
  • as a one-and-a-half-day course on Tuesday, 25 January and Thursday afternoon, 27 January 2022 for the French-speaking candidates.

The fee per course is EUR 750.

 

Programme intensive course mock examination A+B:

 

English- and German-speaking candidates:

 

Monday, 24 January 2022

9.00 – 13.00 hrs

Mock examination of a Paper A according to the format of the e-EQE plus handing in the papers to the CEIPI Secretariat

14.30 – 18.00 hrs

Mock examination of a Paper B according to the format of the e-EQE plus handing in the papers to the CEIPI Secretariat,
quick correction of the papers by the tutors

 

Tuesday, 25 January 2022
(afternoon)

15.00 – 19.00 hrs

Discussion of the answer papers handed in and presentation of the CEIPI model solutions of Papers A and B

 

Question and answer session

 

French-speaking candidates:

 

Tuesday, 25 January 2022

9.00 – 13.00 hrs

Mock examination of a Paper A according to the format of the e-EQE plus handing in the papers to the CEIPI Secretariat

14.30 – 18.00 hrs

Mock examination of a Paper B according to the format of the e-EQE plus handing in the papers to the CEIPI Secretariat,
quick correction of the papers by the tutors

 

Thursday, 27 January 2022
(afternoon)

14.30 – 18.30 hrs

Discussion of the answer papers handed in and presentation of the CEIPI model solutions of Papers A and B

 

Question and answer session

Intensive course "mock examination" for paper C:

This course will take place:

  • as a one-and-a-half-day course on Tuesday, 25 January and Wednesday, 26 January 2022, for the English- and German-speaking candidates,
  • as a one-and-a-half-day course on Friday, 28 January and Saturday, 29 January 2022, for the French-speaking candidates.

The fee for the course is EUR 750, including a review of the candidate's paper.

More information on the course programme can be found on the CEIPI website: www.ceipi.edu under Training in European Patent Law and preparation for the EQE-EQF/Preparation for the EQE.

 

Programme intensive course mock examination C:

 

English- and German-speaking candidates:

 

Tuesday, 25 January 2022

8.00 – 14.30 hrs

Mock exam, Paper C 2021 according to the format of the e-EQE plus handing in the papers to the CEIPI Secretariat; correction of the papers by the tutors

 

Wednesday, 26 January 2022

9.00 – 13.00 hrs

Discussion of the papers handed in, presentation of the CEIPI model solution for C 2021 and question and answer session

 

French-speaking candidates:

 

Friday, 28 January 2022

9.30 – 16.15 hrs

Mock exam, Paper C 2021 according to the format of the e-EQE plus handing in the papers to the CEIPI Secretariat; correction of the papers by the tutor

 

Saturday, 29 January 2022

8.30 – 13.00 hrs

Discussion of the papers handed in, presentation of the CEIPI model solution for Paper C 2021 and question and answer session

Intensive course "mock examination" for paper D:

This course will take place:

  • as a one-and-a-half-day course on Thursday, 27 January and Friday, 28 January 2022, for the English- and German-speaking candidates,
  • as a one-and-a-half-day course on Wednesday, 26 January and Thursday morning, 27 January 2022, for the French-speaking candidates.

The fee for the course is EUR 750.

More information on the course programme can be found on the CEIPI website: www.ceipi.edu under Training in European Patent Law and preparation for the EQE-EQF/Preparation for the EQE.

 

Programme intensive course mock examination D:

 

English- and German-speaking candidates:

 

Thursday, 27 January 2022

9.30 – 16.45 hrs

Mock exam Paper D according to the format of the e-EQE plus handing in the D I part to the CEIPI Secretariat; correction of the D I part by the tutors

 

Friday, 28 January 2022

9.00 – 12.00 hrs

Presentation of the CEIPI model solution for the D II part and question and answer session

13.00 – 17.00 hrs

Discussion of the D I parts handed in, further D I questions with correction and question and answer session

 

French-speaking candidates:

 

Wednesday, 26 January 2022

8.00 – 15.15 hrs

Mock exam Paper D according to the format of the e-EQE plus handing in the D I part to the CEIPI Secretariat; correction of the D I part by the tutors

15.45– 18.45 hrs

Presentation of the CEIPI model solution for the D II part and question and answer session

 

Thursday, 27 January 2022

9.00 – 13.00 hrs

Discussion of the D I parts handed in, further D I questions with correction and question and answer session

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.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 10 December 2021.

On request and subject to the availability of suitable tutors, complementary intensive courses "mock examination" can be organised in other cities.

You can apply via:
sylvie.kra@ceipi.edu

For further information you can also contact:

Christiane Melz
CEIPI Section Internationale
Bâtiment LE CARDO
7 rue de l'Ecarlate
CS 20024
FR-67082 STRASBOURG Cedex
Tel. +33 (0)368 858313
christiane.melz@ceipi.edu

 

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