European qualifying examination (EQE)
Information about the European qualifying examination available here.
Enrolment to the pre-examination will only be open for candidates who have registered at the latest by 15 January of the year in which they intend to enrol for the pre-examination.
See notice of the Examination Secretariat.
1. Pre-examination 2020
Candidates may enrol as from 1 February 2019. Applications must be submitted no later than 30 April 2019 via the EPO web portal. For a first time enrolment to the pre-examination candidates must have registered at the latest by 15 January 2019. Candidates who have previously been admitted to the pre-examination are already registered.
2. Main examination 2020 (Papers A, B, C and D)
Candidates may enrol as from 1 April 2019. Applications must be submitted no later than 12 August 2019 via the web portal.
Notice of the Examination Board of 13 March 2019 - Distribution of points Paper D
EQE 2020 - pilot project for writing Papers A, B, C and D on computer - second phase (30 August 2019)
Notice of 15 November 2018 from the Examination Secretariat - dates of EQE 2020-2023
Supervisory Board, Examination Board, Examination Committees and Examination Secretariat
List of members, status as at 14.02.2019
Notice of the Examination Board of 10 May 2019 - Examination Committees are looking for new members
Decision of the Supervisory Board of 17 November 2016 - Additional time for the main examination
Decision of the Supervisory Board of 17 February 2017
Decision of the Supervisory Board of 29 September 2017 - Amendment to Rules 2, 22 and 27 IPREE
Decision of the President of the European Patent Office of 2 February 2012 - Revising the basic fee for the European qualifying examination.
If you have questions about the EQE or the Regulation on the EQE, please get in touch with the Examination Secretariat of the European Patent Office
Tel.: +49 89 23 99 51 55