Thursday, January 19, 2012

Improved EPO Guidelines index available

The Academy has now made an improved index available for the Guidelines (for the version of April 2010)

Importantly, the references are now to paragraphs instead of page numbers, so it will work with all language editions, not just the English ones.

So print it out and take it to the exam - many aspects of EQE answers are in the Guidelines.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Smaller printable version of PCT applicants Guide - coming soon !

As always, the Examination Board has made a printable version of the Applicants Guide available (see below)
However, these files are very large (1700 pages) because they comprise information for every PCT state world-wide.

In the past, the D Examination Committee has confirmed that candidates do not require all these details, but it is quite difficult for candidates to decide themselves what are the most important parts to take.

Therefore, I make every year a cut-down version of only 500 pages, with overviews from the WIPO web site that are also useful on the exam.
I will make one for EQE2012, but it is not ready yet - it should be available within the next two weeks.


From PCT Newsletter of January 2012:
Materials for the European Qualifying Examination (EQE)
In order to assist candidates in the preparation of materials for the European Qualifying Examination (EQE) for prospective European patent attorneys, the IB, with the agreement of the Examination Board for the EQE, has made available on the website four PDF files for the PCT Applicant's Guide, the International Phase and the National Phase as of 31 December 2011:

For printing purposes, please be warned that these PDF files are large – the complete collection in either language requires nearly 900 sheets of paper when printed recto verso – and may be difficult to download over a slow Internet connection. To avoid printing difficulties select “Fit to Printable Area” in the “Page Scaling” options when printing.