Friday, December 22 2023   \  Published by EPO.

New European Qualifying Examination regulations approved

New European Qualifying Examination regulations approved

On 14 December 2023, the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation unanimously approved amendments to the “Regulation on the European Qualifying Examination” for the purposes of launching the new European Qualifying Examination (EQE) in 2025, complete with transitional measures for current EQE candidates.

The decision of the Administrative Council is an important step in an extensive EQE reform process spearheaded by a collaborative effort between the European Patent Office (EPO) and the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (epi). The amendments to the EQE regulations respond to the views of a wide range of stakeholders who, over the past three years, have contributed their expertise via consultations, written contributions and dedicated meetings. The latest development marks a significant milestone in the continued modernisation of the EQE, which will uphold the highest standards while helping to secure the future of the patent profession.

Core principles

The amended regulations and the forthcoming implementing provisions revolve around the core principles of progressiveness, modularity, inclusivity and sustainability as part of a competence-based approach. In addition to providing the foundations for a complete redesign of the examination, they will enable the integration of modern examination methods and assessment techniques, as well as the alignment of the examination with the latest practical requirements of the patent profession. At the same time, they address the demands of the fit-to-practise criterion in a dynamic and digital professional environment, thereby contributing to a well-functioning patent system. Read more

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