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.

Update 17/01/19: the thin paper (50g) is available again for new orders

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.


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 20182.8cm thick920 pages (730g)

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 A4 side. If problems, try Google Drive.

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

Addendum 31/10/18 version:: dates of new PCT states on front page are wrong. Add 3 months to each - see here

New versions will be available in Nov 2019 for EQE 2020.

My Complete PCT Applicant's Guide

PCT is very fragmented. There is a lot on the WIPO website, but you need to know where to look.

The Applicant’s Guide (AG-IP & AG-NP) cover most common issues, but there is a lot more available.

This book also includes the lower level documentation. It is suitable as a desktop reference for everyday use by attorneys and administrators.

It includes:

  • Introduction to International Phase (AG-IP) with my detailed contents, page numbers, and sections with a major in last 3 years

  • Administrative Instructions (AI) = procedures to be followed by formalities officers at PCT authorities (referenced in AG-IP as “Section xxx”)

  • Overview of available Applicant & Office forms

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

  • International Search & Examination Guidelines (ISPE GL) = procedures & substantive rules to be followed by ISA’s & IPEA’s

  • Introduction to National Phase (AG-NP) with my detailed contents, page numbers, and sections with a major in last 3 years.

Do not use for the EQE - it is much too detailed. Use the PCT References for EQE listed above.(that aslo includes the AG-IP and AG-NP).

New: Includes the Jan 2019 versions of the WIPO documents. Added Overview of PCT states and PCT Fees on 1 Jan 2019.

31 Jan 2019 version:

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

PCT Applicant's Guide
2.1cm thick668 pages
(530 g)

My National Law Book for EQE

For the exam, it is important to have up-to-date details from the tables.

Although the EPO updates the info on their website, these tables are no longer available on paper.

The official version from Oct 2018 (359 pages) is 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 smaller.

My book is made with the EPO webpages, resulting in a bigger font. It is available for download to print yourself, or you can order an A5-sized book.

Tables I and VIII are irrelevant for the EQE, so they are left out. I have added page numbers & an index, and validation information from the OJEPO for Morocco, Moldova, Tunisia & Cambodia.

New: An overview of states showing their dates of accession to Paris Convention, EPC & PCT., PCT national entry time limits, whether PCT national routes are closed and whether validation is automatic after grant.

EQE 2019 (status 31/10/18):

  • Download version:

To save paper, print with 2 pages on each A4 side. If problems, try Google Drive.

Nat Law & Validation

8 MB

430 pages

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

A new version will be available in Nov 2019 for EQE 2020.

PCT.App (1/10/19)

Traditional legal books follow the structure of the law itself, reciting articles and rules in numerical order with relevant annotations, Students must master the inherent logic of the law and the logic of the author who decides where annotations are included.

Unfortunately, this approach breaks down with PCT - the legal structure has become convoluted & contradictory due to years of amendments to the Rules only. The provisions no longer reflect how PCT works in practice.

PCT.App uses the flexibility of the electronic platform to provide a more logical organisation of the PCT system. The main structure is based upon the chronological processing of the international application. Also, overviews are provided of the interactions and obligations relating to applications and parties.

Entry into the European phase is also covered, showing how the PCT requirements are translated into EPC Articles and Rules.

PCT.App allows students to shape their own reference according to their own logic, and to add comments in areas that they struggle with.

Bidirectional references are also possible between EPC and PCT.

EQE 2020 (status 1/10/19):

  • Subscription including annotations:



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