What is it?
The book Tactics for D is a 173-page A4-size book that provides a methodology for Part I and Part II of Paper D 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 requirements related to the subject of the paper. However, it also has to be learned how to answer the paper, i.e., how to formulate the answer in order to score marks.
Paper D is perhaps the toughest of the EQE: it requires a time-consuming trajectory of preparation. Not only a vast amount of information has to be put into the head of a candidate, he/she must also be able to quickly find the appropriate law reference and/or explanation in the Guidelines or the Case Law in the abundance of resource material available.
Since 2010, the average pass rate of Paper D is 40% with a standard deviation of almost 10%. A thorough preparation is necessary for having a fair chance of passing the paper. In the opinion of the authors, such a preparation involves learning the law as well as learning a methodology to deal with the questions in the paper.
Methodology of the Maastricht EQE Paper D Training
The book discusses the main themes of the D paper. In particular, it describes an elegant methodology for answering a Legal Question in Part I. The methodology is put to work in some example questions. In addition, a comprehensive methodology is given for analysing and drafting a Legal Opinion following an inquiry from a client in Part II.
The book includes advice in relation to a number of recurring issues as well as a checklist with actions. As an Annex, a comprehensive analysis and model solution of a recent Part II of EQE Paper D is included.
This book has been kept compact by referring to legal texts as much as possible, instead of copying these texts into the book. It is recommended to look up the legal provisions or read the text in a study book.
The book Topic-Related Index to the EPC and PCT is an excellent reference book in relation to the legal questions of EQE Paper D.
In the sixth edition of Tactics for D (June 2021), the references to the law and EPO Guidelines have been actualized. In addition, the content of the Annexes has been updated. As an example of a Part II exam paper, a comprehensive analysis and model solution of Part II of the 2016 EQE Paper D is included.
Last but not least, the new edition of the book has been adapted to suit the online format of the EQE. The new edition of Tactics for D provides the best possible starting point for successfully passing Paper D of the e:EQE.
Maastricht EQE Courses
For information about the EQE training courses at Maastricht University: maastrichtuniversity.nl/eqe-training