Study Materials

A collections of useful links and downloads

My PCT References for EQE

Every year, the WIPO produces an official printable version of the complete Applicants Guide, including all annexes, specifically for the Pre- and Main Exams. The current version can be found here.

However, it is 1950 pages and much of it will never be required at the exam.

I have produced my abbreviated & improved version to lighten the load and to save a few trees. It is available for download to print yourself, or you can order an A5-sized book.

Using the EQE Regulations, past D papers and comments from the D Examination Committee, I have limited it to adequately cover what you should actually need. In addition, I have added several useful overviews from the WIPO & EPO websites which can speed up answering questions during the exam.

Most of the contents are sourced from WIPO/EPO websites and Official Journal, and no copyright is claimed for these parts.

My book is available in three parts.

EQE 2018 (status 31/10/17):

  • Download version 1:

To save paper, print with 2 pages on each side of an A4.

Part I - General5 MB88 pages
Part II - International
16 MB544 pages
Part III - National
5 MB210 pages
  • Download version 2:

In case of problems, or you have font issues. These are PDF/A-2B compliant (but also larger).

Part I - General7 MB88 pages
Part II - International43 MB544 pages
Part III - National12 MB210 pages
  • Order as A5 printed books (21 x 14cm):

Part I - General0.4cm thick88 pages (75 g)
Part II - International1.7cm thick544 pages (440 g)
Part III - National0.7cm thick210 pages (185 g)

Please note that each part must be ordered separately

  • Addendum (19/01/18):

Sorry - there may be missing words or phrases in these sections. I have today uploaded new versions to the printer with embedded fonts:

My National Law Book for EQE

For the exam, it is important to have up-to-date details from the tables, particularly if there is a DI question on the translation requirements after grant, for example.

Unfortunately, the printed National Law book is no longer available to order from the EPO. The last version from Oct 2017 (355 pages) can be found here and can be printed on A4 paper yourself. But, not everyone likes the horizontal tables, and the small font makes it difficult to read if printed on A5 paper.

My book is made by printing the html pages, resulting in a bigger font. It is available for download to print yourself, or you can order an A5-sized book.

It is difficult to further reduce the length due to the way the EPO website generates printable pages. Tables I and VIII are irrelevant for the EQE, so leaving them out saves 150 pages. I have added an index, and also included the validation information published in the OJEPO for Morocco & Moldova.

Most of the contents are sourced from EPO websites and Official Journal, and no copyright is claimed for these parts. 

EQE 2018 (status 31/10/17):

  • Download version:

To save paper, print with 2 pages on each side of an A4.

National Law & Validation5 MB456 pages
  • Order as A5 printed book (21 x 14cm):

National Law & Validation1.5cm thick456 pages (375 g)

My Indexed EPO Guidelines

Recently, the EPO announced that it would no longer make the Guidelines for Examination available on paper. Although the electronic version is useful for searching, some people still  prefer to use a paper version, particularly when studying. 

My version is available to order as an A5-sized book. It is suitable as a desktop reference for everyday use, or to take to the EQE. 

It improves on the old paper version:

  • My own Detailed Contents at the front (instead of per part), with abbreviated titles, section numbers and page numbers to quickly find paragraphs
  • sections indicated (in the Detailed Contents) that have had a major amendment in the last 3 years

It also includes the official:

  • Computer-Implemented Inventions (CII) Index
  • Alphabetical Keyword Index
  • List of Sections Amended in this version

This version will be valid up to 31 Oct 2018, making it suitable for EQE 2019. 

1 Nov 2017 version:

  • Order as A5 printed book (21 x 14cm):

Indexed
EPO Guidelines
2.8cm thick880 pages
(690 g)

My Complete PCT Applicant's Guide

One of the problems with PCT is the fragmentation of information – there is a lot on the WIPO website, but you need to know where to look.

In practice, the Applicant’s Guide – International and National Phases (AG-IP & AG-NP) give enough guidance for most common issues. But sometimes more details are needed. 

My version also includes the lower level documentation, and is available to order as an A5-sized book. It is suitable as a desktop reference for everyday use by attorneys and administrators. Do not use for the EQE - it is much too detailed. 

It includes:

  • Administrative Instructions (AI) = policies and instructions for PCT formalities officers (referenced in AG-IP as “Section xxx”)

  • Receiving Office Guidelines (RO GL) = procedures to be followed by RO’s.

  • International Search & Examination Guidelines (ISPE GL) = procedures to be followed by ISA’s & IPEA’s, with discussions on unity of invention and patentability

  • Overview of Applicant & Office forms, with detailed information about defects, remedies, sanctions and time limits

It also includes:

  • My own Detailed Contents for the AG-IP and AG-NP, with abbreviated titles to make it easier to find the correct paragraph

Do not use for the EQE - it is much too detailed. Use the PCT References for EQE listed above. 

15 Jan 2018 version:

  • Order as A5 printed book (21 x 14cm):

Complete
PCT Applicant's Guide
2.1cm thick644 pages
(515 g)

Practice exams using "EQE paper"

For each paper , do the exams of the last 4-5 years.

You need to practice writing by hand - practice on A4 EQE paper to get used to the format..

You get official A4 sheets of paper during the exam to write your answer on.

You are only allowed to hand-in papers you made at the exam - no pre-prepared materials. However, you are free to take and use any materials and tables you want to help in analysing the papers, as long as they are not electronic.

This is a mock sheet you can print out and use for practice, but don't try and hand them in at the actual exam:

Mock EQE paper - EQE2018.pdf