European qualifying examination (EQE)

Examination Secretariat

Telephone enquiries:

09.00-11.00 hrs Mon, Wed-Fri
14.00-15.30 hrs Tues

Tel.: (+49-89) 2399 5155
Fax: (+49-89) 2399 5140

Postal address:

European Patent Office
European Qualifying Examination
Examination Secretariat
Room 724
80298 Munich

See also

Training for the European qualifying examination

European qualifying examination

European qualifying examination (JPG)

The European qualifying examination (EQE) tests candidates' knowledge and aptitude to represent applicants in EPO proceedings. Established in 1979, it is widely regarded as one of the most demanding professional examinations having been passed by more than 10 000 candidates already.

Obligatory registration

About the EQE

The European qualifying examination and its aims, syllabus, languages; passing the examination.

Compendium (past papers and examiners' reports)

The compendium contains past examination papers in the three official languages, the markers' reports and examples of successful candidates' answers.

Admission and enrolment

Information for prospective candidates about admission requirements, fees and how to enrol.

Results and statistics

Statistics on EQE results since 2002.

Successful candidates

Find a professional representative who has passed the EQE.


Amendment to Rules 2, 22 and 27 IPREE

Registration - amendment to Rule 28 IPREE 

Additional time for the main examination

Examination Papers A and B - video interview and mock papers available

With effect from 2017, a single Paper A and a single Paper B will be set each year. As for current Paper C and the Pre-Examination, Papers A and B will be set in technical fields that are accessible to everyone. A video interview on Papers A and B and the mock papers are available here: VideoPaper A (examiner report) and Paper B (examiner report).

Examination dates

Supervisory Board, Examination Board, Examination Committees and Examination Secretariat

Examination Committees


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