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Registration of professional training and activities

November 29, 2016

Please be informed about an important change to the rules pertaining to the EQE: It is now compulsory for EQE candidates to register at the beginning of their professional activities and training. Candidates who have not registered will not be able to enrol next year to the pre-examination 2018.

To ensure a smooth implementation of this change, we would appreciate your help in making sure that this information reaches all potential EQE candidates without any further delay. We would kindly ask you to make use of your direct links and pass on this information to trainees employed by patent attorneys and those in industry.

Transitional period

Candidates who register during the transitional period, which expires on 31 March 2017, will benefit from - registration free of charge - the possibility to register all past periods of relevant training (without limitation)

As of 1 April 2017 there will be a registration fee and only training which occurred 2 months immediately before registration will be taken into consideration. It will no longer be possible to have professional training and activities taken into account retroactively.

Advice for candidates

We urge you to advise your candidate(s) and other candidates you may know to register for the EQE without delay using the web portal which can be accessed from the EQE website. Further information can be found in the FAQs.

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