Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Enrolment Pre-Exam 2016

The March issue of the Official Journal of the EPO is now online and contains the official
Announcement of the European qualifying examination 2016, including enrolment information for Pre-Exam 2016 and the main exam paper of EQE 2016.
The pre-examination will be held on 29 February 2016.
The web portal  for enrolment will be available [from 15 April 2015*] until 2 June 2015After 2 June 2015 the web portal will be closed and it will not be possible to apply for enrolment to the pre-examination 2016.

Patent attorney trainees wishing to register and enrol for the pre-examination for the first time, must have completed a total period as defined in Article 11(2)(a) REE of at least two years of full-time employment by 1 March 2016.
EPO Examiners wishing to register and enrol for the pre-examination for the first time, must have completed a total period as defined in Article 11(2)(a) REE of at least two years by 1 March 2016.
Candidates permanently resident and working in the EPO member states AL, BG, HR, CY, CZ, EE, MK, GR, HU, LV, LT, MT, PL, PT, RO, RS, SK, SI or TR may file a request for subsidised examination fees. Candidates must send their request for subsidies before submitting their application to sit the EQE 2016.
Candidates wishing to register and enrol for the pre-examination for the first time are referred to Article 11(1)(a) REE and Rules 11 to 14 IPREE.
Candidates are strongly recommended to use credit card as method of payment as this will ensure swift payment. [...] Late receipt of payment will lead to the application being rejected.
I cite further parts of the announcement in our parallel EQE blog in the post "Enrolment EQE 2016". 
Please refer to OJ 2015, A30 (html English) or (trilangual pdf) for all details. 
The REE and IPREE were publushed in Suppl OJ 2/2014REE and IPREE.
Today, 1 April 2015, the EQE pages are not yet updated, and registration not possible yet (only as of 15 April, via the webportal).
Remark: there is still some places available in the first of our 8-day Basic Legal courses for Pre-Exam EQE 2016 preparation, in Eindhoven (NL). This first course starts with a 4-day block on EPC procedural law on 20-23 April, followed by a 2-day block on EPC substantive patent law on 18-19 June, and a 2-day block on PCT procedural law on 14-15 September 2015. Refer to our Pre-Exam course page for details, and to our earlier blog posts on EQE 2016 training and a 2x 4-day version of the 8-day course in Poland.

*Update 3 April 2015: looks like the webportal is already open!!!

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