Based upon the EQE Regulations, past D papers and comments from the D Examination Committee, I have produced this abbreviated version to lighten the load and to save a few trees. This is the most you should ever need. In addition, I have added several useful overviews from the WIPO and EPO websites which can speed up answering questions during the exam.
My book of about 850 pages is available free of charge to download here (Google Drive). Please feel free to pass on the links to anyone who needs them.
UPDATE: alternative location to Google Drive is on my website (scroll down to EQE training)
UPDATE: A version in French made by my colleague tutor Gregory Baque is available here. He also has a printable National Law which has been updated to the situation on 31 Dec 2016.
To save paper when printing, it is designed to be printed with 2 pages on each side of an A4.
For the states that are most relevant for the EQE, all information from the Applicants Guide annexes is included. These states are:
• The top 15 RO’s in 2015 and the top 10 DO/EO’s in 2015 (WIPO statistics)
• All EPC states, extension states and validation states
• All ISA’a, SISA’s, IPEA’s, and all Intergovernmental Organizations
For the rest of the PCT states, only basic information is included such as Treaty membership, reservations, national entry deadlines etc. The EPO is covered extensively, using information from both the WIPO and the EPO websites.
For the other four largest patent offices - CN, JP, KR, US, the complete summary of entry requirements and national procedure from the national chapter is provided (but the fees and forms have been removed as they are too detailed for the EQE).
This reference is split into 3 parts: I – General II – International III - National
Changes compared to last year’s version:
• Scope limited from top 21 RO’s to top 15
• Scope limited from top 20 DO/EO’s to top 20
• Removed (I) Applicants that qualify for 75% fee reduction for ES fees
• Removed (I) Requirements DO/EO’s for deposits of biological material – AG: Annex L
• Removed (II) FAQ - PCT changes due to the America Invents Act (AIA)
• Added (III) EPO Fees for International Applications (from EPO website)
Good luck at the EQE,