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Deadline for enrolling for the pre-examination of the EQE 2017 expires tomorrow (2nd June, 2016).

June 01, 2016

Dear epi Students,

The deadline for enrolling for the pre-examination of the EQE 2017 expires tomorrow (2nd June, 2016). You cannot rely on your status as an epi student for this enrollment. You must enroll via to EPO website and must provide the EPO with all required documents and pay the required fee to the EPO on or before the 2nd June, 2016.

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Decision of EQE Supervisory Board

May 31, 2016

This is to inform you about the decision of the EQE Supervisory Board (SB) which entered into force on 1 April 2016 implementing a compulsory early registration procedure for candidates who intend to enroll for the first time for the EQE.

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Proposal for a Code of Conduct for the UPC

May 19, 2016

Publication of the draft by EPLAW, EPLIT and epi According to Rule 290(2) of (the 18th draft of) the Rules of Procedure of the Unified Patent Court ("RoP UPC"), representatives who appear before the Court shall strictly comply with any code of conduct adopted for such representatives by the Administrative Committee. European Patent Attorneys with specific qualifications will be able to represent parties before the UPC under Article 48(2) of the Agreement on a Unified Patent Court.

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Partnership for Quality meeting, Munich

April 27, 2016

On 19th April, a delegation from the epi headed by the President Tony Tangena met with a delegation from the EPO headed by the EPO President Benoît Battistelli. The meeting was held as part of the ‘Quality for Partnership’ program, a continuous dialogue between the epi and the EPO by means of which both organizations exchange their views and update each other on quality matters.

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UPC Agreement Ratification Process and Local or Regional Divisions

April 25, 2016

Before the Unified Patent Court Agreement (UPCA) can enter into force, it needs to be ratified by 13 Member States, including Germany, France and the UK (Art 89(1) UPCA).

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