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EQE 2021

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 EQE had to be cancelled. All candidates enrolled for the 2020 Main Exam are automatically enrolled for those papers in 2021. All candidates that completed the 3-year training period on 1 March 2021 are allowed to enrol for the 2021 Main Exam without having passed the Pre-Exam.

The EPO together with epi has set up a Taskforce which studies ways for a safe conduct (such as more decentralisation) of the EQE 2021 including exploring a full digitisation of the EQE.

Also see the EQE website.

epi view on EQE March 2020 cancellation
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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 3|2020: 13 July 2020


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


July 08, 2020

Council elects the Board

Initially scheduled to take place in Glasgow on 11th and 12th May 2020, epi C88 Council meeting was eventually held on 29th June 2020 by video conference.


June 26, 2020

Considerations about the training of EQE candidates during the Covid-19 crisis

This article is intended for publication in epi Information. It is made available in advance on the epi website as a courtesy to our members.


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.