Admittance and enrolment for the EQE
Candidates are admitted to the EQE if, on the date of the examination,
they meet the following requirements:
Candidates have to possess a scientific or technical qualification -
for example, in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, electronics, engineering,
pharmacology or physics. For each contracting state, two lists (A and
B) have been drawn up, indicating the educational institutions and qualifications
which are recognised.
- List A contains the educational institutions and diplomas recognised
for the first level of qualification. For instance: a "master's
degree", a "bachelor's degree with honours", a "maîtrise"
or equivalent "diplôme de l'enseignement supérieur",
a diploma of a "Hochschule" or equivalent diploma, or any
other similar degree from a university, technical university, technical
high school or similar establishment.
- List B contains the educational institutions and diplomas recognised
for the second level of qualification. For instance: a degree, certificate
or diploma corresponding to a "bachelor's degree without honours",
or a diploma or degree from a vocational college, "Fachhochschule",
higher technical college or institute, school of engineering or any
Candidates must have trained under the supervision of a professional
representative or as an employee or an assistant of an employee dealing
with patent matters in an industrial company established in one of the
This training period must last three years for the candidates who fulfil
the conditions of list A and six years for those whose qualifications
appear on list B.
The mandatory practical training is very important, since a great deal
of the knowledge required by a European patent attorney is gained during
this period. During this period the candidates must take part in a wide
range of activities pertaining to patent applications or patents.
Only periods of professional activity completed after the required qualifications
were obtained are taken into account. The training period must be completed
at the date of the examination.
EPO examiners may enrol for the EQE if they have performed the duties
of examiner for at least four years.
The EQE is held once a year, usually in March. A notice indicating
the examination dates and the closing date for enrolment is published
in the preceding year in the Official Journal of the EPO.
The fee payable depends on the number of papers for which the candidate
enrols and the number of times he has already taken the EQE. The basic
fee is EUR 425 for the EQE 2007.
Papers for which candidates may enrol
- all papers at the first sitting, or
- papers A and B as the first module at the first sitting and papers
C and D as the second module at a subsequent sitting within the next
- in the event of a resit, either all papers not passed or only some
of them, at the choice of the candidate. A candidate who fails one or
more papers may resit them as many times as necessary.