Training Programme on European Patent Law and Practice (EQE) 2018-19

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Please note that this is NOT a free course!

To register your interest in enrolling for the EQE Training Programme, please use the link above. After registering your interest, you will be contacted by a member of our Events Team. Once you have confirmed with the Events Team which parts of the course you wish to take, you will then receive an invoice.

Fees range from £500 for limited participation to £1,900 for the entire course. Please refer to the CCLS website for fee details.

Part 1: 12-13 November 2018

Part 2: 14-16 January 2019

The Training Programme on European Patent Law and Practice is an intensive two-part course for candidates who are preparing for the main papers (A, B, C and D) of the European Qualifying Examination (EQE).

The Training Programme reflects the practical nature of the examinations, with an emphasis on studying past papers of the EQE. In addition to receiving intensive training from experienced tutors, participants hear from successful previous candidates about their recent experience of the examinations. To derive maximum benefit from the Training Programme, participants are asked to study various materials in advance, for discussion during the face-to-face sessions.

Programme Structure

The Training Programme comprises two parts. Part 1 introduces candidates to the EQE papers, while Part 2 serves to consolidate and build on the knowledge and skills acquired during Part 1. It is possible to attend only Part 2 of the Programme; however, it is strongly recommended that candidates also attend Part 1.

The first part of the programme (2 full days in November) comprises

  • 1 full-day session covering Papers A and B
  • 1 half-day session covering Paper C
  • 1 half-day session covering Paper D

The second part of the programme (3 full days in January) comprises

  • 1 three-quarters-day session covering Papers A and B
  • 1 full-day session covering Paper C
  • 1 full-day session covering Paper D

The programme is scheduled to take place a few months before the upcoming examinations when candidates would be advanced in their own studies. It cannot replace individual preparation, but it can substantially aid and assist in identifying and addressing knowledge and skills gaps. The division into two parts is done in order to support candidates in their preparation and give them the opportunity to follow up on open issues at a later time, rather than having the entire programme delivered in one week-long session.


All tutors for this course are highly experienced European Patent Attorneys. They deal with the EPO on a daily basis and train professionals within their own firms. Our tutors have taught this course at QMUL since at least 2011, but have had prior teaching experience outside QMUL.

Papers A and B are tutored by Dr Charles Harding (D. Young & Co. – chemistry) and Gareth Fennell (Kilburn & Strode – mechanical).

Paper C is tutored by Dr Gordon Wright (Elkington & Fife).

Paper D is jointly tutored by Margaret Mackett (Gevers Patents) and Christopher Revell (FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies UK Limited).

The programme's Academic Advisor is Professor Duncan Matthews, Chair in Intellectual Property Law at Queen Mary University of London.

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