A respectable cohort of this blog's readership is made up of those who are training to qualify as European Patent Attorneys, while many more readers are qualified attorneys with a deep interest in the examination which governs this qualification, perhaps due to their activities in training or supervising trainees who will be sitting the European Qualifying Examination (EQE), or perhaps simply because they want the qualification to be a fair test of fitness to practice.
Update: According to at least one comment below the Exam Board has changed the result of every candidate affected by having given the "wrong" answer to questions 15.2 and 17.3, not just those who appealed, for which the Board should be commended.
The post below is mostly unchanged as the IPKat believes the points made about the unsuitability of the exam format for the subject-matter being examined, and the problems arising from undue haste in issuing and then reissuing results, are still relevant.
First of all, a health warning: the IPKat's knowledge of this story is based on a couple of accounts which may not represent the complete story, or the situation as it applies to all affected candidates. If any readers can add to this story, which is still at the breaking news stage, by clarifying, correcting or supplementing the understanding set out below, this blog post will be corrected accordingly.
An anonymous correspondent alerted the IPKat yesterday to a development which appears to have favoured candidates who appealed a fail result. The timing of this development is unfortunate to say the least, leaving non-appealing candidates at a disadvantage and one day too late to file an appeal. Once alerted to the story, the IPKat found corroboration in a blog post by Laurence Lai on the IPCopy blog.
Duties of the Examination Board
(5) The Examination Board shall scrutinise the marks for each paper proposed by the Examination Committees and decide whether a candidate should pass or fail the examination. The Examination Board may revise candidates' marks or instruct the Examination Committees to re-mark their papers according to a revised marking sheet.
|The problem of undue haste|
If any readers, whether they are candidates or members of the Examination Board or Committees, can clarify the situation, their comments would be very welcome.