The results for the European patent attorney qualifying examinations came out last week, to no great fanfare. Candidates will have seen the following in their personal results notification, which relates to Paper C (Opposition):
"For the European qualifying examination 2007, the Examination Board has exceptionally decided to award 10 additional points to the grade of Paper C of each candidate. The grade for Paper C displayed on this internet page already includes these 10 points. Due to this decision the result letters will not be dispatched on 08 August as announced but on 13 August 2007".What this Kat (who is due to take his EQEs next year) would like to know is what could have caused this to happen. He learns that the pass rate for paper C was initially much lower than for previous years, and this may have had something to do with the arbitrary extra 10% awarded to everyone. More than this he is unable to say.
Do any of his readers have any comments to make?