EQE exam training

Maastricht University offers training for candidates preparing for the European Qualifying Examination. The training is for candidates who already have a basic understanding of European patent law, and focuses on preparations for Paper C and Paper D of the exam.

The training for each of the papers starts with three days of workshops, given in Maastricht. You’ll learn various methods for tackling the relevant paper and you’ll receive coaching from the trainers in the subject matter. After the course, you’ll have access to Maastricht University’s electronic learning environment, which will provide you with online support from fellow students and the trainers as well as additional exercises so you can practise your drafting skills.

All course materials and teaching will be in English.

EQE Paper D: DI and DII

In part DI of the EQE, you’ll need to answer a set of legal questions. In part DII, you’ll have to draft a legal opinion following an inquiry from a client.

Workshop duration: 3 days 
Dates: Monday 9 - Wednesday 11 October 2017, followed by online coaching until the EQE in March 2017 
Online learning: from October 2017 to March 2018, you will receive 8 assignments (6 with a set of DI questions and two DII papers); one of the DI assignments will be marked by the tutor.

During the course use will be made of the book “Tactics for D” written by Cees Mulder and Nyske Blokhuis. The book provides a methodology for EQE Paper D. The book will be handed out to the participants. The book has recently been issued by Helze Publisher.

EQE Paper C

In part C of the EQE, you will file a notice of opposition against granted European patent.

Workshop duration: 3-days
Dates: Monday 23 - Wednesday 25 October 2017, followed by online coaching until the EQE in 2017  
Online learning: from October 2017 to March 2018, you will receive 8 assignments (5 C cases and two full C Papers); one of the cases will be marked by the tutor.

During the course use will be made of the book “Smart in C” written by Nyske Blokhuis and Cees Mulder. The book provides a new, simple and efficient methodology for EQE Paper C. The book will be handed out to the participants. The book has recently been issued by Helze Publisher.

Follow-up meeting

On 24 January 2018, there will be an opportunity for participants in the trainings for both papers to attend a final face-to-face question and answer session with the trainers. In preparation, you can hand in an answer to an exam paper, and the trainer will provide you with detailed comments (a small additional charge may apply).

EQE Pre-Exam Training

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Expert trainers

The EQE training will be given by Cees Mulder and Nyske Blokhuis, two renowned European patent attorneys who have been giving EQE exam training for a number of years.  

Cees Mulder studied Physics and Chemistry at Utrecht University. After completing his PhD in Physics at Leiden University, Cees joined Philips Electronics in 1982, first as a researcher and subsequently as a Dutch and European patent attorney. In 2001, he was one of the founding partners of DeltaPatents. In 2009, he resigned from partnership and became a Lecturer Industrial Property Law at the Faculty of Law of the University of Maastricht in the Department of International and European Law (Prof. Anselm Kamperman Sanders). He is vice-director of the post-doc curriculum 'Advanced Masters in Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management (LL.M/MSc)' at Maastricht University.

 More on Cees Mulder 

Nyske Blokhuis studied mechanical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (NL) and has been a patent attorney with EP&C since 2001. Before becoming a patent attorney, she worked as an engineer and as a failure analysis specialist.

 More on Nyske Blokhuis 


Register for the exam training

You can register for the EQE exam training by filling in our online registration form. 

 EQE exam training online registration form

Cancellations can be made until 14 days before the commencement of the course. You will receive a full refund of the fee minus an administrative charge of €150. After this date, no refunds can be made.

Course fees

The cost of the training for each paper is €1,375. This includes tuition, course materials, coffee/tea, lunches and access to the e-learning environment.

Requirements of the European Qualifying Examination

To qualify as a European patent attorney, you need to pass the European Qualifying Examination (EQE), which is administered by the European Patent Office (EPO). The EQE takes place once a year in the last week of February. The pass rate is less than 50%. The EQE consists of a pre-exam and a main exam. 

After completing three years working in the European patent profession, under the supervision of a European patent attorney, and upon passing the pre-exam, the main exam may be taken. The main exam consists of four written Papers divided over three consecutive days. The Papers of the Main Exam may be taken all at once or divided over multiple sittings (different years). Only candidates with a suitable qualification such as a university degree in science or technology may enrol for the EQE. 

The main exam includes three practical papers and one legal paper:

  • Paper A: drafting of a European patent application 
  • Paper B: amendment of a European patent application 
  • Paper C: filing a notice of opposition against granted European patent
  • Paper D: part DI involves answering a set of legal questions, and part DII involves drafting a legal opinion following an inquiry from a client 

Success rate

A significant majority of the candidates who participated in our EQE exam training for one or both papers in 2015, passed the respective paper(s). 

 I followed this training for my first sit of the EQE and passed on the first try! I’m thankful to Cees and Nyske not only for teaching me how to tackle Papers C and D, but also for their warmth, patience and mental support during my preparation. The study environment in Maastricht and on the online forum gave me the feeling of having them by my side all the way. I highly recommend their EQE training to anyone who is seeking a personal and professional approach. 
Natasja Duhayon 

 Statistics show that the EQE Paper C is the toughest paper to pass. It requires an in-depth knowledge of substantive patent law as well as time effectiveness in collecting all relevant information to enable you to produce novel arguments and inventive step attacks in sufficient detail. For me, an accurate and time effective methodology was crucial for passing this exam. Maastricht University’s EQE Paper C training covered all these aspects and helped me to pass Paper C (and therewith the EQE)! 
Jan Nouwens
 The EQE training courses at Maastricht University taught me how to tackle a Papers C and D step by step. The methodologies and exercises provided were essential in passing these papers. Additional exercises were provided after the training, and detailed solutions were given, which helped me to apply the methodologies I learned, pinpoint my weak points and overcome them. Passing the EQE wouldn't have been possible without the expertise and guidance of Cees Mulder and Nyske Blokhuis. Their continuous and personal support from the start of the course until the final days before the EQE were invaluable. 
Tom Tassignon