Under the new REE, the Examination Board were given the power to decide books and reference materials that candidates are allowed to use in the exam. They have basically decided not to restrict it, but this doesn't make life easier.
Candidates have to decide themselves what to take, and the exam committee is in principle not bound by any official list. Click below to see what the Examination Board officially indicates.
In a later post, I will comment on these and add some more.
The REE defines the syllabus as:
The examination shall establish whether a candidate has:
(1) a thorough knowledge of:
(a) European patent law as laid down in the EPC and any legislation relating to
(b) the Paris Convention (Articles 1 - 5quater and Article 11)
(c) the Patent Cooperation Treaty
(d) all decisions of the Enlarged Board of Appeal and EPO case law as specified in the IPREE, and
(2) a general knowledge of the national laws of:
(a) the contracting states to the extent that they apply to European patent applications and European patents
(b) the United States of America and Japan to the extent that they are of importance in connection with
proceedings before the EPO.
The examination syllabus referred to in Article 13 REE shall cover only those legal texts referred to in Article 13(1)(a) to (c) REE which are in force on 31 December of the year prior to the examination. The EPO case law referred to in Article 13(1)(d) REE shall be that covered in the latest edition of "Case
Law of the Boards of Appeal of the European Patent Office" (hereinafter "the Case Law Book"), the case law referred to in any case law special edition of the Official Journal published after the latest edition of the Case Law Book, and any case law published in the Official Journal on or before 31 December of the year
prior to the examination.
General instructions for preparing answer papers
(1) Candidates are expected to be familiar with:
(a) the Guidelines for Examination in the EPO in force on 31 December of the year prior to the examination
(b) the content of the Official Journal of the EPO as published on or before 31 December of the year prior to the examination.
A recommended list to have with you is also found in the Instructions to candidates concerning the conduct of the examination (from the early OJEPO supplement):
(but it is useless to take something to the exam that you have not used in your preparation. You need to know what is in it and how it is organised)
3. Candidates ... are advised to bring the ... documents as listed under 3.2.
3.2 The documents mentioned below in the versions valid as at 31 December
of the year preceding the European qualifying examination in question:
(a) Convention on the Grant of European Patents (European Patent Convention),
(b) Implementing Regulations to the Convention on the Grant of European Patents,
(c) Protocol on the Centralisation of the European Patent System and on its Introduction (Protocol on Centralisation),
(d) Protocol on Jurisdiction and the Recognition of Decisions in respect of the Right to the Grant of a European
Patent (Protocol on Recognition),
(e) Rules relating to Fees,
(f) Notice of the President of the EPO concerning the arrangements for deposit accounts,
(g) Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT),
(h) Regulations under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT),
(i) Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property,
(j) List of the contracting states to the European Patent Convention and of the contracting states to the PCT,
(k) Ancillary Regulations to the European Patent Convention,
(l) Brochure entitled "National law relating to the EPC.