Doug Ealey has been in contact with the IPKat about a book he has just had published, which he hopes will be useful for trainee patent attorneys preparing for their exams. The book, which has a particular emphasis on what is needed to pass P2, is a follow-up to the study guide that Doug published online last year (which the IPKat publicised here). The people at CIPA have obviously been paying attention, as they have now put their name to it and made a new 2009 edition available in hard copy form. It can be ordered from CIPA here. Doug says:
"The Study Guide to the Patents Acts sets out to achieve the opposite of such books as Visser and Hoekstra. Rather than provide exhaustive commentary on patent law for reference during the open book EQEs, it instead simplifies the law and commentary as far as possible to provide a bare-bones reference that can be readily learnt by students taking the closed-book UK finals.The IPKat, who has had a chance to see a review copy of the book, is happy to recommend it to trainees, who he thinks need all the help they can get in passing those tricky exams. Just remember that you can't take it into the exam with you, so some memorising and hard work will unfortunately still be required.
The 2009 edition is now available in book form instead of online, with all proceeds going to CIPA. In the 2009 edition, the law section has been heavily updated to reflect both the full JEB syllabus and recent changes in law, and also now includes a new section devoted to revision and how to analyse and answer the P2 exam.
To complement the book, a free forum has been set up at http://studyguide.forumer.com/ for anyone to discuss any of the exams, and the forum also includes a revision schedule to help co-ordinate this process."