Thursday, 28 February 2013

DI questions EQE 2013

First impression: some do-able and some really nasty questions. Such as an 8-mark PCT question: tthat will have frightened quite many candidates - we expect many candidates skipped the question without giving any attempt.

We have made a rough solution. Comments are welcome: please add them to the blog via the link below the blog.  If posting a comment, please donot use "anonymous" (you may be one of many), but use your name: you can enter a name without signing in (as one of you indicated).

We will underline updates that we will make based on your comments.

Jelle Hoekstra, Pete Pollard,  Roel van Woudenberg

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Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Paper DII EQE 2013

First impression: a do-able paper. Lots of small issues, many of which could be dealt with separately. Quite a few, clear questions. The knock-on effect of missing an issue or wrongly dealing with an issue also seem better controlled.

I have made a rough solution. Here it is. Welcome comments. I made it fast and will use this as an excuse if there turn out to be errors/omissions :-).
If posting a comment, please donot use "anonymous" (you may be one of many), but use your name: you can enter a name without signing in.

I will underline updates I will make based on your comments.

Jelle Hoekstra
with input from Roel van Woudenberg and Pete Pollard

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Monday, 18 February 2013

Errata for Main Exam Questions Book

Sorry it is so late. We got a lot of comments, which we are grateful for,, and it takes time to go through them all.

I have limited the errata to the most significant mistakes.

Good luck!

Monday, 11 February 2013

Don't be surprised at EQE 2013 (part 2) - D paper

In the first post, I indicated a lot of references.

To save reading (you have a lot better things to do ;-), I will summarise the main points for the D paper:

  • A single 5 hour paper - the DI and DII parts will be indicated clearly
  • The number of points for each part (DI/DII) will be given, and it will be approximately 40 for DI and 60 for DII
  • Same points split as as before, except that for timing purpose, you have about 3 minutes per point if you wish to complete the whole paper. This translates to about 2 hours for the DI part and about 3 hours for the DII part

  • In the DI part, you will get a number of separate legal questions for which you must cite legal basis. The number of points per question will be given. 

  • In the DII part, you will get a letter from a client, and you will have to give legal advice. The number of points per question will NOT be given.

Friday, 8 February 2013

Don't be surprised at EQE 2013 (Main Exam)

With less than 3 weeks to go to the EQE 2013, make sure you know the format of the exam, where it is, what time it starts, and the rules during the exam

1) Be prepared for the new formats:

D paper - 26 February 2013
- no longer a 3 hour DI, official break, then a 4 hour DII
- it will be a single 5 hour paper, with smaller DI and DII parts, and no official break
- you have to decide how to divide your time between the DI and DII parts. To do it all, you will probably need about 2 hours for DI and 3 hours for DII.
- you have to decide when to take a break, so bring food with you
A paper - 27 February 2013
No changes in format 

B paper - 27 February 2013
- no longer a 4 hour paper
- it will be a 3 hour paper
- you will be given a proposal from the client for patentable claims. You have to check them instead of drafting them, which will save you time.

C paper - 28 February 2013
- no longer a 6 hour paper
- it will be 5 hour paper
- you will have fewer (possibly none) legal questions to deal with, which will save you time

More details here: Notice from Exam. Board and Tutors Report on page 106

2) Look at complaints from last years candidates about your exam location in the Candidate Survey page 20-28.
For example, if it can be cold, make sure you have enough clothes with you.

3) Look at the  Instructions to candidates concerning the conduct of the EQE (page 41-46) for the rules on pens, watches etc