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Tutors will also be allowed access to the e:EQE system

As for the 2021 mock papers, tutors will also be able to get access to the wiseflow platform for the 2022 mocks.

If you are a tutor for the EQE and wish to have access to the e:EQE system, you have to register. What is required: first name, family name, email address. Those who request access will then be put in an Excel sheet which will be uploaded by the EPO in the e:EQE system.

Please reply at the latest on Tuesday 28 September 2021, then you will have access for the mock papers when they start in October.

Send your first name, family name, email address to magdalena.augustyniak
@patentepi.org
.

 
 

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The Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (epi) came into existence pursuant to the European Patent Convention (EPC).


News

September 14, 2021

EPO user survey on oral proceedings by VICO in opposition

The EPO has this month launched a user survey on its pilot project for oral proceedings by videoconference (VICO) before EPO opposition divisions. The EPO’s notice and a link to the survey can be found here.

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September 06, 2021

An epi update about the progress towards a future e:EQE

An epi update about the progress made since the conference held on 21 June 2021 to discuss the modernisation of the e:EQE and the modular approach presented in the e:EQE discussion paper of May 2021.

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Oral proceedings before
the Boards of Appeal
Continuation of the measures adopted due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and revised practice on oral proceedings by VICO effective as of 1 January 2021

In press release dated 15 December 2020, the Boards of Appeal inform that they have reassessed some of their measures for the arrangement and conduct of oral proceedings. In particular, the practice on conducting oral proceedings using videoconferencing (VICO) technology has been revised: from 1 January 2021 Boards may conduct oral proceedings by VICO even without the agreement of the parties concerned, as has now been made clear in the new Article 15a RPBA adopted by the Boards of Appeal Committee, which enter into force on 1 April 2021. Since the new provision merely clarifies an existing possibility, Boards may adapt their practice as regards dispensing with the need to obtain the agreement of the parties concerned even before the date of its entry into force of Article 15a RPBA.


epi meetings in view of the Covid-19 situation

(Update 23 July 2021)

Since the outbreak of coronavirus epi has taken measures to ensure the health of our staff and our members and in the same time to continue to fulfil the support for the Presidium, Board, Council and epi Committees and all our epi members.

In view of the present situation but the uncertainty as to the future development, the Presidium advises all committees to continue planning virtual meetings until the end of the year.

However, under certain circumstances physical meetings of small size up to 10 persons for epi bodies will be possible in the Secretariat in Munich, as far as the sanitary situation and the travel conditions allow it.

Please note that in such an event the meeting within the Secretariat will take place to the extent allowed under the rules applicable in Munich.

We are continuously monitoring the situation and will provide updates as necessary.