Study Materials

A collections of useful links and downloads

My Indexed EPO Guidelines

The EPO no longer offers this on paper. So you have to print out the 960 pages yourself.

My version is printed on 80g A5 paper - a convenient format as a desktop reference, to take to oral proceedings, or to take to the EQE.

Sorry - the thin paper (50g) is no longer available, so the 2018 version is currently 60% thicker and heavier than last year. We are looking for a different printer.

It improves on the official versio1 Nov 2018 versionn by:

  • providing a single Detailed Table of Contents at the front (instead of per part), to quickly scan the paragraphs
  • using page numbers
  • indicating sections with a major amendment in the last 3 years

Legal citations & references are underlined, making them easier to spot.

It includes (no page numbers) the official Computer-Implemented Inventions (CII) Index, Alphabetical Keyword Index & List of Sections Amended.

Versions:

1 Nov 2017In-force: 1 Nov 17 to 31 Oct 18Official version for EQE 2019.
1 Nov 2018In-force: 1 Nov 18 to 31 Oct 19
Official version for EQE 2020.
May use at EQE 2019,but note version used once.

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

1 Nov 20172.8cm thick880 pages
(690 g)
1 Nov 20184.6cm thick920 pages (1100g)

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

Some parts are now out-of-date. A newer version will appear shortly.

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

15 Jan 2018 version:

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

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

My PCT References for EQE

Every year, WIPO produces a printable version of the complete Applicants Guide, including all annexes, specifically for the Pre- and Main Exams. The current version can be found here. But it is 1980 pages and much of it will never be required at the exam.

I have produced this 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 Regulations, past papers and comments from Examination Committees, I have limited it to adequately cover what you may need. In addition, I have added many useful overviews from the WIPO/EPO websites and OJEPO's which can speed up answering questions during the exam.

My book is available in two parts:

This year, the material is divided into 2 parts. A Detailed Table of Contents (with page numbers) is also included for the Applicant Guide Introductions.

EQE 2019 (status 31/10/18):

  • Download version:

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

Part I - References8 MB350 pages
Part II - Annexes
23 MB550 pages
  • Order as A5 printed books (21 x 14cm):

The thin paper (50g) is no longer available, so the 2018 version is twice as thick as last year. We are looking for a different printer.

Both parts must be added to your basket separately.

Part I - References2cm thick420g
Part II - Annexes3cm thick660g

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.

Out-of-date: newer versions will be available for EQE 2019 shortly.

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):

The EQE 2018 versions can no longer be ordered on paper.

Practice 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 - practice.pdf