BREAKING: EQE to be held online next year!

IPKat has received the breaking news that the EPO plans to move the EQE online next year (many thanks to Katfriend Gwilym Roberts for sending us the news!). The information comes from the EPO president himself in the final episode of the popular "Two IPs In A Pod" podcast, in which the EPO President Campinos and CIPA’s own President Richard Mair are in conversation. 

President Campinos confirms:

We plan to move to an e-EQE next year. You hope for the best but you plan for the worst and in March next year we will probably be in the same situation as we are in presently. So I think there is no alternative but to move to an e-EQE and we are working very hard with epi to make it happen.

This now means that both the 2020 UK qualifying examinations and the EQE will be online for the first time – so whatever else, they will happen!  CIPA CEO Lee Davies adds “we are delighted with this positive move from the EPO and promise CIPA’s full support in making the transition.” Gwilym Roberts comments that "CIPA will be making arrangements for the PEB to talk with colleagues at the EPO to share learning; some good news in uncertain times!"

You can listen to the podcast here.

The EPO will undoubtedly be watching closely the progress of the PEB's preparations for the UK patent exams. 

IPKat will bring you further news once we have it. 

Update: The official announcement on the eEQE from the Supervisory Board can be read here
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  1. as it is published on the EPO website

    EQE 2021 –Important information from the Supervisory Board

    The European qualifying examination (EQE) 2021 is planned tobe conducted online.

    A working group composed of EPO and epi representatives has been set up to work out the arrangements fornext year's EQE. Their aim is to ensure that the examination can be conducted in an orderly manner in a safe environment and to guarantee fair conditions for all candidates. The Supervisory Board is in close contact with the working group and oversees all itstasks.

    Further details will be announced at a later date, including an optionfor candidates to test the system in good time before the examination.

    The EQE syllabus and the structure of the various examination papers will be as outlined in the REE and IPREEand in line with previous years' examination papers (Compendium).

    For the time being, individual questions on the online examination will not be responded to directly. However, they will be collected and used as a basis for FAQs to be published at a later stage.

    which can be found under$FILE/Announcement%20Online%20EQE%202021.pdf

    but also in German and French, since we still have three official languages

  2. An e-EQE will not be hindered when looking at T 2087/15 just published.


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