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Election to Council 2023

Election to Council 2023

Nomination phase begins (by 4 October 2022 at the latest). Nomination letter sent to all epi members.


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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.


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


September 08, 2022

Call for volunteers Committees' Election Committee

At its spring meeting in Munich on 7 May 2022, the epi Council decided to establish the “Committees’ Election Committee”, a new committee to ensure the smooth running of elections to Committees.

epi is looking for volunteers from among the epi members who wish to become members of this new committee.


August 25, 2022

EQE online workshops - register now available for all EQE papers!

The EQE Online Workshops are for EQE candidates who have passed the Pre-Examination and are now preparing for the main EQE.


epi expresses solidarity with Ukraine

As a pan-European organisation with more than 13,000 members exercising their profession in 38 countries, epi’s thoughts are with all those dramatically impacted by the ongoing use of force against Ukraine.

We, epi, stand in solidarity with all those, particularly civilians, suffering from the outbreak of violence in Ukraine and with all refugees seeking safety in other countries. We support the resolution adopted by the UN General Assembly on 2nd March, calling for immediate cessation of the use of force against Ukraine and renunciation of any unlawful threat or use of force against any State.

As user representatives, we support the announcement of the European Patent Office "Standing Together for Peace in Europe" and its immediate reaction to the situation in Ukraine.

epi meetings in view of the Covid-19 situation

(Update 5 April 2022)

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.

Due to the end of restrictions in Bavaria, physical meetings are possible again. Please note that meetings in the epi Secretariat are allowed from 1 May 2022 only up to a maximum of 15 people and FFP2 masks are still required (unless seated). Meetings outside the Secretariat can take place according to the respective local sanitary conditions, while exercising precautionary measures.