Smart in C book - What is it?
The book Smart in C written by Nyske Blokhuis is a 161-page A4-size book that provides a simple and efficient methodology for Paper C of the European Qualifying Examination (EQE).
The idea for this book evolved from a series of courses given at Maastricht University preparing for the EQE.
For most Exam papers it is required to learn the necessary legal background and the substantive issues related to the subject of the paper. However, it also must be learned how to answer the paper, i.e., how to formulate the answer to score marks. This applies to the opposition exam: the way the paper must be answered deviates in certain aspects from the daily practice of a European patent attorney.
Many methods that have been thus far proposed for tackling the C paper are complex and time consuming, for example because large - even up to A3-size - tables must be filled out with pieces of information from the exam paper. In addition, the experience of the candidates every year is that the C exam paper is 'too long'. Having sufficient time for writing the attacks requires an efficient and accurate analysis of the facts in the paper.
The book discusses the main themes of the C paper and describes in detail how the method works and how it is applied. As an Annex, a comprehensive analysis and detailed model solution of the 2015 EQE C paper is included.
The methodology described in Smart in C has been successfully applied by many candidates preparing for the EQE.
In addition, the authors believe that the "Smart in C method" can also be a helpful tool for experienced patent attorneys who are involved in opposition proceedings.
In the 7th edition of Smart in C (July 2023), the methodology for paper C suits the online format of the EQE. Details of the methodology are based on the format of the EQE 2021-2023.
The new edition of Smart in C provides the best possible starting point for successfully passing Paper C of the e:EQE.