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The procedure for the election of the epi Committee members has been closed.

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epi Forum

Further information and a detailed guide can be found here. New channel for epi members to share tips, tricks, suggestions on the use of the forum.


epi Information

epi Informationepi publishes a quarterly journal. Its primary objective is to inform members of epi's current activities.

Current issue

Deadline for epi Information 4|2020: 26 October 2020


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

e-EQE 2021:
The EPO has shared new information on the format of the online EQE in March 2021.

(and then click on ‘e-EQE’)

Information can be found on the format of the exam, such as that:

  • you can sit the exam at home or workplace (no other person will be allowed in the room);
  • a locked browse will be used;
  • only one screen can be used;
  • the exam papers will be made available in a PDF viewer;
  • part of the exam papers can be printed;
  • notes can be made on paper;
  • basic text editing is possible allowing copying and pasting;
  • the answers have to be type-written using the editor provided in the locked browser (scanning and uploading will not be allowed);

Candidates will be able to familiarise themselves with the software as of January 2021.
Further updates will be made available in due time.

epi supports e-EQE in 2021

Following the decision of the Supervisory Board of the EQE announced on the EPO-EQE website (https://www.epo.org/learning/eqe.html) that, in March 2021, the Pre-Exam and the Main Exam will be conducted online.

An e-EQE Working Group composed of EPO and epi representatives is actively working out the necessary arrangements.



October 21, 2020

EQE online workshops paper A and B

Start now with your preparation for the EQE 2021!
epi prepared EQE online Workshops for paper A and B. Both workshops are exclusively accessible for epi Students.


October 16, 2020

epi Students: paper DI - Advanced questions

epi supports epi Students preparing for 2021 EQE Paper D with a set of 50 new legal questions


epi meetings in view of the Covid-19 situation

(update 7 July 2020)

The Presidium and the Board of the epi are closely monitoring the situation created in Europe by the Covid-19 epidemic. Sadly, we can only observe how this epidemic is impacting our families, our communities, our profession and our very way of life. We can but hope that all of you are well and keeping safe.

Measures have been implemented to ensure, as far as possible under the circumstances, support for the Presidium, Board, Council and committees.

On 29 June 2020, epi C88 Council meeting was held electronically including voting for e.g. the members of the Board and the Disciplinary committee.

Further precautionary measures include the postponement or cancellation of all epi meetings and educational events. Committee meetings can be conducted using the videoconference tool of epi.