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epi Committees are elected

During the 89th Council meeting which was held by videoconference on 13 and 14 November 2020, members of the following Committees were elected for a term of 3 years: By-Laws Committee, Editorial Committee, EPO Finances Committee, epi-Finances Committee, Online Communications Committee, Harmonisation Committee, Committee on Biotechnological Inventions, Professional Conduct Committee, European Patent Practice Committee (main committee and its technological groups), Professional Education Committee, Litigation Committee, IP Commercialization Committee and epi Studentship Admissions Committee.

The composition of these Committees can be found here.

We congratulate all elected and re-elected members and wish them well for the coming term.

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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).

Oral proceedings in opposition
to be held by videoconference

In a press release dated 10 November 2020, the European Patent Office announced (i) that the postponement of in-person opposition hearings (currently until 31 December 2020) is further extended to 15 September 2021 and (ii) that the consent of all parties for holding an opposition by VICO will no longer be necessary with effect from 4 January 2021, until 15 September 2021.

This measure is intended (according to the EPO) to »clear the substantial backlog of opposition hearings that built up over the last six months with a resulting loss in timeliness which is critical for access to justice«. The decision of the President of the EPO in this respect and a Notice from the EPO, both to be published in the OJ, can be found here and here.

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.