Course

EQE Pre-exam training

Faculty of Law

EQE Pre-exam training - Claim Analysis part
EQE Pre-exam training - Legal Questions 

Maastricht University offers training for candidates preparing for the Pre-Examination of the European Qualifying Examination (EQE).

Passing the Pre-Exam is your ticket to participating in the EQE. In the Pre-Exam, you have to show that you have legal knowledge of the framework of European patent law and that you have sufficient experience in reading, interpreting and analysing patent claims.

All course materials and teaching will be in English.

Pre-Exam - Claim Analysis

The claim analysis part of the Pre-Exam does not only require the skills to understand and analyse patent claims. In addition, a large amount of information has to be processed in an efficient way.

In November 2018, Maastricht University offers candidates preparing for the Pre-Exam a 2-day training course focussed on the claim analysis part. This training course will teach you how to apply theoretical concepts such as scope of protection, novelty, inventive step, clarity, and allowability of amendments in a practical way to the type of questions asked in the Pre-Exam. In addition, the course will help you to build your confidence that you can pass the Pre-Exam.

Workshop duration: 2 days
Dates: Monday 19 and Tuesday 20 November 2018
The course will be given by Nyske Blokhuis and Natasja Duhayon
Online learning: from December 2018 to March 2019, you will receive several ​assignments

EQE Exam Training

More information: www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/eqe-training

Pre-Exam - Legal Questions

he legal questions of the Pre-exam requires you to quickly and correctly apply your legal knowledge to a legal situation presented in each of the 10 questions.

In November 2018, Maastricht University offers candidates preparing for the Pre-Exam a 1-day training course focussed on the legal questions. This training course will teach you a practical methodology for answering multiple-choice legal questions. In addition, the course will help you to build your confidence that you can pass the Pre-Exam.

Workshop duration: 1 day
Dates: Wednesday 21 November 2018
The course will be given by Cees Mulder and Nyske Blokhuis
Online learning: from December 2018 to March 2019, you will receive several assignments

During the course use will be made of the book “A Self-Study Guide for the Pre-Exam - Part I: The Legal Questions" written by Cees Mulder. The book has recently been issued by Helze Publisher.

Expert trainers

The EQE Pre-Exam training will be given by Nyske Blokhuis,Natasja Duhayon and 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

Natasja Duhayon holds a PhD in physics from the University of Leuven (BE) and has been working at IMEC International since 1999. In 2006, she joined the Patent Group of IMEC International. Natasja passed the EQE in 2015 after attending the EQE training courses in Maastricht. 

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.

Register for the Pre-exam training

You can register for the EQE Pre-exam training by filling in our 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 the Pre-Exam- Claim Analysis  is € 900 and for the Legal Questions is € 450. If both courses are taken, the price is € 1300.
This includes tuition, course materials, coffee/tea, lunches.

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

Since the introduction of the EQE Pre-Exam in 2012, the pass rate of the paper has decreased. In the first two years, the pass rate was above 98%. In 2014, the score to pass the Pre-Exam was raised from 50 to 70 out of 100 points. In addition, the difficulty of the questions has gradually evolved. Currently, the pass rate of the Pre-examination is around 75%.