EQE training courses in Maastricht

Cees Mulder (NL), Nyske Blokhuis (NL) and Natasja Duhayon (BE)

Since 2014, Maastricht University offers small-scale training for candidates preparing for the European Qualifying Examination (EQE). This training is for candidates who already have a basic understanding of European patent law, and currently focuses on preparation for Paper C and Paper D and on the claim analysis part of the pre-exam.

The training for each of the papers starts with three days of workshops (two days for the pre-exam course), given in Maastricht. Various methods for tackling the relevant paper are discussed including coaching from the trainers. Access will be provided to Maastricht University's electronic learning environment for online support from fellow students and the trainers all the way up to the date of EQE. Assignments will be set out to improve the skills of the participants and boost their confidence.    Currently, we offer:  

Training for EQE Paper D

In Part I of the EQE Paper D, a set of legal questions have to be answered. In Part II, a legal opinion must be drafted following an inquiry from a client. An intuitive methodology will be taught for answering Part I questions and for analyzing and preparing a response to the inquiry in Part II. The methodology will be put to practice with example questions and cases.

Workshop duration: 3 days: Monday 9 - Wednesday 11 October 2017.
Online learning trajectory: from October 2017 to March 2018: 8 assignments (6 with a set of Part I questions and two Part II cases); one of the assignments will be marked by the tutor.

Training for EQE Paper C

In Paper C of the EQE, a notice of opposition has to be drafted following the grant of a European patent. In the course, a newly developed, simple and efficient methodology for tackling Paper C will be taught. The methodology will be put to practice with various example cases.

Workshop duration: 3-days: Monday 23 - Wednesday 25 October 2017.
Online learning trajectory: from October 2017 to March 2018: 8 assignments (6 C cases and two full C Papers); one of the cases will be marked by the tutor.

The training for EQE Paper C and Paper D will be given by Cees Mulder and Nyske Blokhuis, two renowned European patent attorneys who have been giving EQE exam training for a number of years.  

For the participants in the trainings for EQE Paper C and Paper D, there will be an opportunity to attend a final face-to-face question and answer session with the trainers in January 2018. In preparation, an answer to an EQE exam paper can be handed in, which will be corrected and commented upon by the trainer.

For detailed information and registration, see: http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/eqe-training

New course: EQE Pre-Exam Training: Claim Analysis part

In November 2017, Maastricht University will offer candidates preparing for the Pre-Exam a training course focussed on the claim analysis part. The teaching encompasses how to apply the theoretical concepts such as scope of protection, novelty, inventive step, clarity, and allowability of amendments in a practical way to the type of questions asked in the Pre-Exam. 

Workshop duration: 2 days: Monday 13 and Tuesday 14 November 2017.
Online learning trajectory: from December 2017 to March 2018, a number of assignments will be set out.

The EQE Pre-Exam training will be given by Nyske Blokhuis and Natasja Duhayon. 

For detailed information and registration, see: http://www.maastrichtuniversity.nl/eqe-pre-exam-training

All course material and teaching will be in English.