What is it?
Passing the Pre-Exam is your ticket to participating in the EQE.
The book True or False - A Methodology for the Pre-Examination of the EQE is a 143-page A4-size book that provides a straigthforward methodology for the legal questions as well as for the claim-analysis questions of the Pre-Examination of the Euopean Qualifying Examination (EQE).
The main examination consists of four papers encompassing the drafting of a patent application, replying to a communication from an Examining Division, preparing a notice of opposition and answering legal questions and a legal inquiry from a client. In 2012, a Pre-examination (Pre-Exam) was introduced. Candidates desiring to sit the Main Exam must have passed the Pre-examination. The Pre-Exam consists of twenty multiple-choice questions: ten questions on legal aspects and ten on claim analysis.
The preparation for the Pre-Exam starts with understanding the basic concepts of European patent law, including the legal and formal aspects of the patent system as well as the substantive issues such as scope of protection, priority, novelty, inventive step, clarity and allowability of amendments. Ideally in this period of study, a candidate should be supervised by an experienced European patent attorney or attend a course focusing on the preparation for the Pre-Exam.
This book has been kept compact by only referring to the legal texts and other study material, instead of copying these texts into the book.
Structure of the book
The book discusses the main themes of the Pre-Exam papers and describes in detail how the method works and how it is applied. The book further gives guidance with respect to dealing with the specific kinds of questions that are present in the Pre-Exam.
As an Annex, a comprehensive analysis and detailed model solution of the 2019 Pre-Exam paper is included.
The methodology has been successfully applied by many candidates preparing for the Pre-Exam of the EQE.
In the second edition of True or False (June 2021), the methodology for the Pre-Exam has been adapted to suit the online format of the EQE. Details of the methodology are based on the format of the EQE 2021.
The new edition of True or False provides the best possible starting point for successfully passing the Pre-Exam of the e:EQE.
The book Topic-Related Index to the EPC and PCT is an excellent reference book in relation to the legal questions of Pre-Exam of the EQE.
Maastricht EQE Pre-Exam course - Claim Analysis
In the claim analysis part of the Pre-Exam, you have to show that you have sufficient knowledge in reading, interpreting and analyzing patent claims. The EQE Pre-Exam training is designed to teach you how to digest the text of the claim analysis part and how to apply theoretical concepts such as scope of protection, novelty, inventive step, clarity and allowability of amendments in a practical manner to the questions asked in the Pre-Exam.
This 2-day course is given in November in Maastricht and is followed by an online learning trajectory till the Pre-Exam.
Maastricht EQE Pre-Exam course - Legal Questions
The 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. This training course will teach you a practical methodology for answering multiple-choice legal questions.
This 1-day course is given in November in Maastricht and is followed by an online learning trajectory till the Pre-Exam.
For more information about the EQE Pre-Exam training, see: maastrichtuniversity.nl/eqe-pre-exam-training