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At the 97th Council meeting, scheduled for 27 April 2024, there will be By-elections to fill vacancies in the following Committees:

  • By-Laws Committee
  • Editorial Committee
  • EPO Finances Committee
  • Committee on Biotechnological Inventions
  • Professional Conduct Committee
  • European Patent Practice Committee
  • Professional Education Committee
  • Litigation Committee
  • Nominations Committee

By-Elections are available for epi members after login.


epi Artists Exhibition 2024

epi Artist Exhibition

The epi warmly invites all creative epi members to participate in the virtual epi Artists Exhibition 2024.



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Deadline for epi Information 2|2024: 13 May 2024

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April 19, 2024

Practical considerations around MyEPO/fee Changes 1 April 2024

European patent attorneys and supporting staff should be informed of important changes this weekend, relating to the EPO’s online systems, and also fee arrangements.
Detailed references are given at the foot of this article but a couple of key points are summarised here by John Gray, Chair of epi’s Online Communications Committee.


April 11, 2024

Our First Podcast Episode is Live!

We are thrilled to share that the debut episode of our podcast, Insight epi, is now available for your listening pleasure!


Navigating the EQE format changes with epi

Are you wondering how the recent format changes in the European Qualifying Examination (EQE) impact your journey (or your trainees’ journey) to becoming a qualified European Patent Attorney?

In light of the recent changes to the European Qualifying Examination (EQE) format, epi understands the importance of clarity for candidates and prepared a practical overview to guide you through the tricky landscape of EQE options:

Navigating the EQE format changes

Committee Elections 2023 - Results were validated by Council at the Council Meeting C96

Dear epi members,
Please be advised that the results of the election are available after login. The results of the general Committees Election have been validated by the Council at the Autumn Council C96 meeting on 11 November 2023.

Results Elections to Committees 2023