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Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office

Qualifying as a European Patent Attorney

To be able to sit the European qualifying examination (EQE), to become a European Patent Attorney, you must have a suitable qualification, such as a university degree in science or technology. You must then spend three years working in the European patent profession, under the supervision of an appropriately qualified individual. You must also pass a pre-examination paper.

Once you have completed the three years and passed the pre-examination, you may take the European qualifying examinations.

European Patent Office examiners are exempt from certain of these requirements.

The main examination consists of four written papers, held over three consecutive days. You qualify as a European Patent Attorney by passing all the papers, either all at once, or over multiple sittings.

EPO Information about the EQE

Important information about the upcoming EQE, such as registration deadlines, schedule and official regulation.

Preparing for the EQE

Learn more about epi's preparation courses for the EQE.