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Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office

Conference on Modernising the EQE to better test “fitness-to-practise”

Online conference: 21.06.2021

Starts: 21.06.2021 13:00hrs
Ends: 21.06.2021 16:00hrs


Online conference


Moving to a digital testing environment necessitates adaptation of the EQE but also presents an opportunity to review whether the EQE is testing the skills and knowledge required by the European patent attorney of today. The aim of the conference is to explore how to modernise the EQE to better test whether a candidate is ready to practise as an EPA and to help candidates develop the skills and knowledge needed to practise. During the conference, the following topics will be explored:

  • the motivation for change
  • the essential skills and knowledge of an EPA,
  • modernising the structure and timeline of the examination, and
  • any impact on national examinations and other national considerations.

Target group

The conference is aimed at delegates who are involved in training EPAs, including training providers, tutors, mentors and employers as well as those who have an interest in maintaining a high standard of training, including professional organisations and patent offices.

Technical requirements

In order to attend the online conference participants need a computer with an internet browser and a high-speed broadband internet connection. For the conference, epi uses Zoom. Security settings on local Firewalls need to be checked. 

To access to the conference epi sends out a link shortly before the conference.


Please note that despite the conference participation being free of charge, the section on billing information in the registration form is mandatory. Unfortunately it is not possible for us to remove that section at the moment.

Working language

  • English


For further information, please contact Jacqueline Kalbe ([email protected]).

Minimum number of participants

*If the minimum number of participants was not reached by the registration deadline, the event will be cancelled. In this case the epi will inform you immediately.


Event has free slots available

Registration deadline

Registration is open until 14.06.2021 The order of receipt by epi will determine the attendance in case of over-subscription.


The registration deadline for this event (14.06.2021) is over.