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Training for the European qualifying examination

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The European Patent Academy offers EQE candidates online support in three different formats and time ranges.

Live course on preparing for the EQE pre-examination paper (September to March)

This course covers all aspects of the EPC. It includes articles, quizzes and live sessions with tutors. There is also a forum where candidates and tutors can get together to exchange views.

Registration for the 2020/2021 edition is closed. Registration for the 2021/2022 edition will open in the early summer (course start: 1 September 2021).

E-mail resources delivered to your inbox

Coffee-break questions

Coffee-break questions are straightforward questions that require a simple yes/no answer. When you sign up for this service, we will send you a question every three days via e-mail, along with the answer to the previous question.


Daily D questions

From October to December 2020, D-type questions were sent on a daily basis to subscribers. You can still find the questions in an online course room with the answers and a forum which was tutored until the end of December 2020.

Online resources

Preparing to sit the EQE exam

The main EQE examination consists of four papers ranging from drafting applications to answering legal questions. It is very important to learn not only how to tackle these papers, but also how to complete them within the time available. In this learning area, you will find tips and tricks as well as some examples - all based on candidates’ and tutor’s experiences - to help you plan your strategy for each paper.

Time limit questions

A large number of the legal questions in the main EQE examination papers deal with deadlines under the EPC. This section contains exercises to help you practise calculating time limits at different stages in the grant, opposition and appeal procedures.

Practicing for the EQE pre-examination paper

This section provides an online taste of the real exam conditions using a set of mock pre-examination papers, including the previous year’s edition, together with a timer and feedback on the answers.

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