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epi Annual Report 2023

We are pleased to inform our members that the Annual Report 2023 is now available on the epi website.

epi Annual Report 2023

epi Artists Exhibition 2024

epi Artist Exhibition

Now online

Enjoy a virtual tour through the exhibition and learn more about the epi Artists and their exhibits.

epi Artist Exhibition


epi Informationepi publishes a quarterly journal to inform the members of epi's current activities.

Current issue

Deadline for epi Information 3|2024: 26 August 2024

Job announcement

Current vacancies at the epi Secretariat in Munich

Current vacancies



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


July 24, 2024

EPAC 2024 – creation of personal profile by 5 August 2024 - enrolment closes on 12 August 2024

The European patent administration certification (EPAC), supported by epi and EPO, has been designed to enable paralegals, patent administrators and formalities officers to demonstrate that they have the required knowledge and skills to deal with the procedures associated with the filing, prosecution, grant and maintenance of European and international patent applications before the EPO.


July 08, 2024

14th Sanction package of EU against Russia restricts possibilities to obtain IP-protection in Europe

On 25 June 2024 the EU brought into force the 14th package of sanctions against Russia in view of its actions destabilizing the situation in Ukraine.


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