Friday, 30 June 2017

Results EQE main exam 2017 are out

The results are out and can be found here. Congratulations to all that passed one or more papers!

The statistics for all papers (percentages of actual sitters):

EQE2017
A
B
C
D





# sitters
848
783
1107
1003
no show
11
10
27
41





pass
473
539
595
406
comp fail
61
100
115
140
pass + cf
534
639
710
546
fail
314
144
397
457





pass
56%
69%
54%
40%
comp fail
7%
13%
10%
14%
pass + cf
63%
82%
64%
54%
fail
37%
18%
36%
46%





average
52
57
50
46
max
93
95
89
81

The Examiner's reports are not yet available (30 June, 11:49).

Update 6 July: the Examiners' Report are now also available (in English only so far). If you wish to comment on them or your answers, please post your comments on our blogs for the specific papers (and, for D, for the specific DI or DII parts).


Friday, 3 March 2017

No electronic devices in EQE hall

Last week, EQE 2017 candidates received the message below from the Examination Secreariat:

Dear candidate,

Owing to the experience of the last few years and in order to ensure a fair examination, you are kindly reminded of the following: 

Electronic devices are FORBIDDEN during the EQE

Mobile telephones as well as many other electronic devices are now an integral part of our daily lives. However, they cannot be part of the EQE and it is strictly prohibited to take electronic devices of any kind, be it mobile phones, cameras, digital watches, or clocks, even mechanical ones, into the examination hall (see Instructions to candidates concerning the conduct of the European qualifying examination, point 9(a), Supplementary publication OJ EPO 2/2017 p. 37). 

Candidates discovered in the examination hall with any telephones or other electronic devices (unless explicitly allowed by the Examination Secretariat) will be reported to the Examination Board. This might lead to the most serious consequences (see Rules 19 and 20 IPREE). 

It will nevertheless be possible to hand in electronic devices before the start of the examination. For this purpose, please bring along an A4 envelope labelled with your first name, surname and date of birth. No responsibility can however be assumed for any damages or loss. 

The Examination Secretariat is confident that you will respect the rules. We wish you every success for the coming European qualifying examination. 

Yours sincerely, 

Examination Secretariat

Thursday, 23 February 2017

EQE Regulations in OJ 2017, Suppl 2

The Regulation on the European qualifying examination for professional representatives (REE, IPREE, Instructions to the candidates, additional decisions) has been published in Official Journal Supplementary publication 2, 2017,

Wednesday, 21 December 2016

Tutor's report EQE 2016 available in epi Information 4/2016


The Tutors' report on the EQE 2016 papers (pdf), by L. Ferreira (PT), A. Hards (DE), M. Mackett (BE), H. Marsman (NL), S. van Rijnswou (NL), and R. van Woudenberg (NL, editor), has been published in epi Information 4/2016. 


Each year in October, the European Patent Academy and the epi arrange a meeting between EQE tutors and the Examination Committees. The goals are to discuss last year's papers, to improve future EQE's by openly exchanging ideas and to help tutors prepare candidates for next year's exam.

The Examination Board has kindly given the tutors permission to publish their own report of the important points so that candidates can more easily find this information. In addition, the comments can greatly assist when reading and interpreting the official EQE Compendium.

This year's meeting was held in Munich on October 21. The participant list showed 84 registered tutors, 20 registered Committee and Board members, and 8 further registered EPO and epi members (Academy, EQE secretariat, epi).

This Tutors' Report appears each year in the end of year edition of epi Information. It contains the following sections:
1. Overview of the passing rates in 20162. General remarks
3. A - E/M4. B - E/M
5. A - CH6. B - CH
7. C8. D
9. Pre-Exam10. The combined AB Papers (EQE 2017)
The Report can be read online via this link, epi Information 4/2016 is also available as pdf.

Friday, 18 November 2016

Half an hour more for the main exam papers as of 2017

The Supervisory Board decided to grant an additional thirty minutes per main exam paper to the durations stipulated in Rules 23(1), 24(1), 25(1) and 26(1) of the Implementingprovisions to the Regulation onthe European qualifying examination, starting from EQE 2017.
The time available for the main exam papers thus becomes:
A: 4 hours instead of 3.5;
B: 3.5 hours instead of 3;
C: 5.5 hours instead of 5;
D: 5.5 hours instead of 5.

The time for the Pre-Exam remains unchanged at 4 hours.

The time schedule for EQE 2017 (7 March - 9 March 2017) has been updated accordingly - the new schedule can be found here.
Note that the starting time for paper A has been moved to half an hour earlier: 9:00 instead of 9:30 Munich/ The Hague time!

The dates and timeschedule for EQE 2018 have also been published on the EQE website: Monday 26 February 2018 - Thursday 1 March 2018.

NB: the home page of the EQE webpages is not so easy to find when browing the EPO website: it is only accessible from the pull-down menu, but not from links on the webpages. It can be accessed directly via http://www.epo.org/learning-events/eqe.html 

Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Is there yet a trend in the EQE results after the introduction of the pre-exam?

Joeri Beetz kindly provided the following overview:
We should be careful in basing conclusions on a small amount of data but arguably the full exam pass rate has not gone down after the pre-exam was introduced. In a few years time we may conclude that the pass rate has gone up by maybe 10%.  We'll see.

EQE2016: The results are out!

The results of the main exam papers of EQE 2016 are out! The scores can be found here: you can find your results by searching for your EQE Registration number (EQEReg) in the list.
According to the document, the result letters will be dispatched as of 25 July 2016 onwards.

The Examiner's reports are also available on the EPO EQE website: Ach, Bch, Aem, Bem, C and D.

A first analysis gives the following statistics:

EQE2016
A
B
C
D
# sitters 847 787 1109 958
no show 9 17 24 42
pass 483 518 455 423
comp fail 77 66 93 108
pass + cf 560 584 548 531
pass 57% 66% 41% 44%
comp fail 9% 8% 8% 11%
pass + cf 66% 74% 49% 55%
average              54             55             45             47
max 95 86 87 86


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