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e.EQE: Overall time-line of EQE

e.EQE: Overall time-line of EQE

by - Anonymous -
Number of replies: 1

In the discussion paper it has been proposed to allow the candidates to sit the first paper already after one year of candidacy and to write the final exam after having passed the first moduls which can be after 2 years of candidacy. 

The exam shall test "whether a candidate is qualified to practise as a professional representative before the EPO "(Art. 1 REE). Is a two years training sufficient to be fit to practice? In the early years of the European patent system, 4 years were deemed necessary, which has been reduced to 3 years long time ago. But is 2 years the right path? Although it is said that the 3 year period until entry into the list shall be maintained, it can be assumed that candidates that have passed the final exam will immediately ask to be entered on the list because they are certified as being fit to practise and might succeed if they appeal. 


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Re: e.EQE: Overall time-line of EQE

by Hendrik Promies -
I think 3 years is a somewhat arbitrary choice; I would much prefer to allow candidates to take the exam earier -- if and when they are ready for it, for example as early as 2 years after having begun their careers as European patent practitioners.

Rather than a period (which will always be arbitrary) the key indicator should be "exam readiness". This could be determined for example by a (much) more intelligent pre-exam (the pass rates of the present pre-exam appear much too high for that purpose, and since the pre-exam presently only tests passive skills it gives no indication as to the productive skills of a candidate -- this would have to change).

"Exam readiness" could also be determined by the supervisor (or, if there is no supervisor, by demonstrating a minimum of N European cases the candidate has personally drafted and signed under Art. 11(2)(a)(ii), where N could for example be 50 and needs to include own patent applications filed with the EPO and own office action responses filed with the EPO and preferably also activities in oppositions).

Or a combination of the criteria above, and/or any other suitable means of assessing "exam readiness".