The route to qualification as a patent attorney in the UK is a hot topic at the moment, with IPReg having consulted on a couple of proposals to significantly change the examination process for becoming a UK patent attorney, these proposals having been roundly criticised by both the students and the qualified members of the UK attorney profession. The education of the next generation of patent attorneys is a grave responsibility for current members of the profession, and that is why people like this Kat devote their time to it.
This Kat well remembers when he was a kitten learning European patent law at the CEIPI course that was at that time largely run by the revered Simon Roberts of BT and David Musker of Jenkins. In those halcyon days BT kindly hosted the events and sandwiches were provided. The CEIPI course was not for the fainthearted, as the sessions were 3 hours long at approximately fortnightly intervals over 2 years, but gave an unparalleled opportunity to study in depth, one at a time, the whole range of the topics that make up European patent law, which gave an excellent grounding for being able to pass the European Qualifying Exam.
|It's more fun than studying by yourself|
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The CEIPI advanced course consists of 18 sessions at approximately fortnightly intervals throughout the year. The course is aimed at students who have taken the EQE Pre-Exam and are intending to sit the EQE proper in 2015. Topics include the law of the EPC in the initial stages, culminating in strategy and worked paper sessions on each of the EQE papers. The sessions are interactive and aim to develop the students’ knowledge and appreciation of the EPC, rather than merely memorising facts and cases.
The sessions take place on Monday evenings (5:30-8:30) at the offices of EIP in London and are led by experienced tutors and practitioners including Derk Visser (author of The annotated EPC).
The next session is scheduled for 28 April.
Enrolment details obtainable by e-mail from Derk Visser (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Stephen Hodsdon (email@example.com)