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Welcome to the EQE workspace.

This space is dedicated for those preparing the EEP.

It is made to share and organise corresponding resources.


There are no commercial links between CyberEPC and cited organisations.

If you wish to share resources, please contact me.



Training centers

- ASPI (FR)                               - EPI

- CEIPI (FR)                              - Patskills 



- Blog du droit européen des brevets

- EQE Tools


Books / Tools

- Annotated EPCs :

     * Derk Visser (GB)

     * Jelle Hoekstra (GB)

     * Roberts & Rudge (GB)

     * EPC-Compass (GB)

     * Gregory Baque (FR)

     * Complete Guide to passing the

     * European Qualifying Exam


- Training Tools

     * Delta Patents


 - EQE Preparation Guide











CyberEPC files


- DI


- See tables in the "Situations" section


- Exemple of (FR) annotated EPC (from G. Baque)

See index on right side & color code :

     * fee = green

     * time limit = blue

     * legal effect = red

     * topic / key word = yellow




- Time limit in days

- Time limit in month

- Legal & Technical Matrix (see comments within)

- Guidelines (see under), with ref. to above matrix



- Guidelines 2012 (DE) from Rainer Loritz


EPO sources


- EQE eLearning Centre

- EQE Training Tools

     * Training Paper A

     * Training Paper DII

     * Calendars

     * Mock Pre-Exam

           - 2011 (questions + auto-test)

           - 2010

- Forum

- EQE wiki


- Compendium


                EEP 2013


- AB 4/2012, 304

- AB 4/2012, 308

- AB 3/2012, 226

- Art. 3(1) Gebührenordnung 




PCT Applicant’s Guide

     * National Phase

     * International Phase

 (Special edition as of 31 December 2011, prepared for EQE candidates)


     * Cross-referenced PCT

     * PCT-Compass (GB)



DII Guidelines : Few elements of method


There is no better method than yours. These elements given here shall be adapted and integrated into your own method.


Before D-Day : cut a dozen of legal matrix (1 per document).

On D-Day :

-          open the folder,

-          highlight the dates (e.g. in yellow)

-          highlight the patents (EP1, FR2, PCT4…) in another color (e.g. in blue)

-          highlight all adverbs / keywods (« nevertheless», « surprisingly», etc.)

this helps evacuating (a bit of) stress and structuring (a bit) the exam before reading it in details.


The goal is to fill the matrix while reading = on the fly (don't loose time !).

Each legal matrix contains information relating to one only document (patent, patent application, publication) : EP1, FR2, PCT4 ...


-          read the subject in details,  fill in the blanks of the matrix in real time. Write down every questions/comments you are thinking of.

This enables further on to ask implicit questions for each given document (e.g. same applicant vs . priority right, fees are paid ? etc…); then, for legal analysis, matrix will serve for pairwise comparisons.


-          as an option, you can strikeout on the papers each paragraph once treated.

At the end, then, the whole text should be striked out. In DII, almost all given information are useful, there are barely useless information, there are sometimes traps.

Each given element of the subject should be treated in the matrix together with the post-it timeline (see under).


-          in parallel, the "time line" is fullfiled with post-its sticked one another in chronological order,  

thus, it is very easy to include between two of them a new post-it for an event that was hidden or is calculated (e.g. grace period).


On each post-it a minimum of info, just write down: date, coded type of event (e.g. FLG= Filing, PUB, GRT = grant, etc), and the coded corresponding document (EP1, FR2, US4…)


Such method quite appropriate to whatever subject, although quite legally-oriented. It can be completed with the technical matrix to help your technical thoughts in order to help client with what to claim, how, and when, in a further application you will probably have to recommend.


The EQE is hard to pass, harder to fail…