Friday, March 3, 2017

Take an A4 envelope for your telephone & tablet

Remember that having electronic apparatus (phone, laptop, tablet, digital watch) in the examination room (even if turned off) is not allowed. You should preferably leave them in your hotel or at home. It is also possible to hand them in, but you need to take an A4 envelope YOURSELF with your name and date of birth noted on it. See below for more detail.

Good luck to all!

Reminder sent to candidates this week:

Sunday, February 5, 2017

FREE printable PCT Applicants Guide for EQE2017 in FRENCH

Gregory Baque, is well-known to French candidates as the author of CBE-PCT legal book for the EQE. Gregory gives a number of EQE course each year for DeltaPatents in French. He also has his own patent law firm - www.gregorybaque.com

Every year he makes a printable National Law in French. The latest version (updated to the situation on 31 Dec 2016) is available here.

At the same location, you will also find a printable National Law table.


Tuesday, January 17, 2017

My FREE printable PCT Applicants Guide for EQE2017

Don't use the official printable version of the PCT Applicants Guide for the Pre- and Main Exams. It is 1800 pages because it includes all annexes. Much of it will never be required at the exam because it falls outside the syllabus. Candidates already have enough to carry – the ban on electronic devices during the EQE means that many will print out the whole thing to take with them.

Based upon the EQE Regulations, past D papers and comments from the D Examination Committee, I have produced this abbreviated version to lighten the load and to save a few trees. This is the most you should ever need. In addition, I have added several useful overviews from the WIPO and EPO websites which can speed up answering questions during the exam.

My book of about 850 pages is available free of charge to download here (Google Drive). Please feel free to pass on the links to anyone who needs them.
UPDATE: alternative location to Google Drive is on my website (scroll down to EQE training)

UPDATE: A version in French made by my colleague tutor Gregory Baque is available here. He also has a printable National Law which has been updated to the situation on 31 Dec 2016.

To save paper when printing, it is designed to be printed with 2 pages on each side of an A4.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Suggested list of books & things to take to the Main & Pre-Exam - EQE 2017

Preparation
- Check the times: the addition of 30 minutes to each Main Exam paper has moved things around (the A-paper starts 30 minutes earlier!)
- Read through the rules regarding the conduct of the exam (page 38-42). See the warning here about possible problems.
- See what candidates from last year said about the location where you are taking the exam
- Be well rested in the days before the exam - many D candidates sleep badly on the Monday night
- Take a suitcase with wheels, and limit the books to ones you have used in the last 6 months of your preparation
- After doing the papers of 2016, look at the Tutors' Report to help with interpreting the EQE Compendium - source: epi information pages 14-23
- If necessary, look at some tips for reducing anxiety at the exam
- Be prepared to do the exams with a relatively small (possible as small as 60cm x 90cm) space. Normally, you can place books you don't need under the table.
- Look through the EQE Study Guide for other tips

General
- Photo identification (Passport or drivers license)
- several black or blue pens (we hear that gel-pens are preferred, but they can run out quickly)
- no electronic devices: only a wrist watch with an analogue display (and without any additional options) is allowed on your desk during the exam. See the warning here about possible problems.
- make arrangements to leave your phone & laptops at home or in your hotel or in a train station locker. Or take an A4 envelope with you. See the warning here about possible problems.
correction roller
highlighters for use when reading the exam paper (don't use blue highlighters on anything that will be handed in as it will not copy well)
- Pre-Exam only: 1-2 black medium soft HB pencils + suitable eraser + pencil sharpener

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Suggested list of books & things to take to the Main & Pre-Exam - EQE 2016


Preparation
- Read through the rules regarding the conduct of the exam (page 38-42). See the warning here about possible problems.
- See what candidates from last year said about the location where you are taking the exam
- Be well rested in the days before the exam - many D candidates sleep badly on the Monday night
- Take a suitcase with wheels, and limit the books to ones you have used in the last 6 months of your preparation
- After doing the papers of 2015, look at the Tutors' Report to help with interpreting the EQE Compendium - source: epi information pages 134-142
- If necessary, look at some tips for reducing anxiety at the exam
- A good book on passing exams is "How To Pass Your Exams" by Mike Evans
- Be prepared to do the exams with a relatively small (possible as small as 60cm x 90cm) space. Normally, you can place books you don't need under the table.
- Look through the EQE Study Guide for other tips

General
- Photo identification (Passport or drivers license)
- several black or blue pens (we hear that gel-pens are preferred, but they can run out quickly)
- no electronic devices: only a wrist watch with an analogue display (and without any additional options) is allowed on your desk during the exam. See the warning here about possible problems.
- make arrangements to leave your phone & laptops at home or in your hotel or in a train station locker. See the warning here about possible problems.
correction roller
highlighters for use when reading the exam paper (don't use blue highlighters on anything that will be handed in as it will not copy well)
- Pre-Exam only: 1-2 black medium soft HB pencils + suitable eraser + pencil sharpener


Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Read the Instructions To Candidates before going to the EQE 2016

A number of candidates seem unfamiliar with the Regulations on the EQE (REE), and in particular with the Instructions to candidates concerning the conduct of the EQE.

In 2015, there were some breaches of the REE with unfortunate consequences:

  • Many candidates add names or initials to their answer paper – this is very disruptive to the EC’s because it has to be manually removed before marking to preserve anonymity.
  • A candidate wrote the complete answer on the blank (back) sides of the EQE paper. After copying the sheets, only blank pages were submitted for marking, and the candidate was awarded 0 points. So only write on the lined side of the EQE paper provided. 
  • A candidate kept writing after the stop signal was given, even after being warned. The EB decided to subtract 5 points for this breach of the rules. In future, writing after the stop signal may be more strictly enforced. 
  • Some candidates were surprised that they were not permitted to have their phones with them. The rules concerning electronic devices are strict – candidates may not take any device, such as a telephone, tablet or smart watch, into the examination hall - even if turned off. They should be left at home or in the hotel. Although some examination centers may provide an envelope or lockers, these can be limited in number and should not be relied on.
Dont't be surprised: read the latest version of the REE (found on the EPO’s EQE page here).

Tutors' Report on EQE 2015 Papers

To help candidates and tutors learn more about the 2015 papers, and to give some tips for EQE 2016, I edit this report every year after the EQE Tutor Meeting in October, using the input from several experienced tutors.

This year, some more details are also given about the combined A and B papers to be introduced with EQE 2017.

It has been published in the latest edition of epi information (pages 134-142). An extract of the report only is available here.


From DeltaPatents, I summarised the D and Pre-Exam Paper discussions, and Jelle Hoekstra summarised the C Paper.