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Paper D : Training resources

European qualifying examination (JPG)

Training resources for Paper D of the European qualifying examination

Paper D

The purpose of Paper D is to assess the ability of candidates to answer legal questions and to draft legal assessments.

Paper DI

Paper DI comprises questions relating to different areas of a candidate's knowledge of the European Patent Convention, the Patent Cooperation Treaty and the Paris Convention. The duration of the paper is 3 hours and it takes place on the 1st morning of the exam week.

Paper DII

Paper DII comprises an enquiry from a client requiring an answer in the form of a legal opinion. Emphasis is on strategic questions rather than formalities. The candidate is required to analyse the situation and advise the client on how to make the best of his own patent position and the most favourable position with respect to his competitors. The duration of Paper DII is 4 hours and it takes place on the 1st afternoon of the exam week. From 2013 both Papers DI and DII have been combined into a single Paper D of 5 hours duration on the 1st day of the exam week.

Paper D Resources

There are dedicated areas on EQE-Forum for Paper DI and Paper DII where candidates can post questions and contribute to discussions on Paper D in general and on past papers. A tutor is available to answer questions and to give advice.

There is a set of time limit questions to allow candidates to test themselves on their understanding of time limits under the European Patent Convention.

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