Thursday, 27 February 2014

D 2014: overview (exam paper, first impression, DI, DII, further training)


A copy of the D 2014 paper is available from our website:
First impressions about the D 2014 paper are provided at the thread:
Our answers are posted in two separate threads for the two parts:
Please post your comments to the respective parts and specific questions and statements to the respective blogs.

Although we believe that the answers that we have provided are correct, our answer may deviate from what the Exam Committee expects. Also, the answers as shown on the blog are not 100% complete: we skipped many "easy steps" that actually will get "easy marks" for reasons of conciseness. We would expect the DI as posted to score 36-39 marks out of 40, and the DII as posted around 40-50 marks out of 60 (corresponding to 50-58 marks when including the "easy marks" for steps not explicitly indicated). So, when comparing (what you memorize of) your answer with our answers and conclude where you passed, failed or are around the pass/compensable fail/fail level, take some safety margin ;-)

Further training
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Our answer to the DI-part of D 2014

Our answer to the DI-part of the D2014 is given below.
Our answer to the DII-part can be found in a separate thread "Our answer to the DII-part of D 2014".
First impressions to the paper are given in another thread "D2014: First impressions?".
All blog threads allow anyone to add comments and already have a lot of valuable, interesting and sometimes surprising discussions between many candidates who posted their comments as well as tutors resulted from those.
Any remarks, (different) opinions and questions as are welcome! Please post your contribution as comments to this blog, so everybody can paticipate in and benefit from the discussion/ explanation.

Please do not post your comments anonymously - it is allowed, but it makes responding more difficult and rather clumsy ("Dear Mr/Mrs/Ms Anonymous of 24-02-2014 17:54"), whereas using your real name or even a pseudonym (nick-name) is more personal, more interesting and makes a more attractive conversation.

Be reminded that the task in DI is to show to the Exam Committee that you understand the law and can apply the law. The law tested is the EPC, the PCT, the Paris Convention, decisions and opinions of the Enlarged Board of Appeal (G-decisions as well as R-decisions on petitions for review), landmark decisions of the Technical and Legal Boards of Appeal (T- and J-decisions), a general knowledge of the national laws of the EPC Contracting States "to the extend that they apply to European patent applications and European patents" and of the US and Japan.
Hereto, you need to give an answer supported by an explicit, step-by-step reasoning, wherein each step cites one or more specific legal provision or other reference, such as an OJ EPO publication.

Click "Read more" to read our answer,

Roel & Pete

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Our answer to the DII-part of D 2014


Our answer to the DII-part of the D2014 is given below.
Our answer to the DI-part can be found in a separate thread "Our answer to the DI-part of D 2014".
First impressions to the paper are given in another thread "D2014: First impressions?".
All blog threads allow anyone to add comments and already have a lot of valuable, interesting and sometimes surprising discussions between many candidates who posted their comments as well as tutors resulted from those.

Any comments, different opinions or questions are welcome! Please post them as comments to this blog, so everybody can paticipate in and benefit from the discussion.
Please do not post your comments anonymously - it is allowed, but it makes responding more difficult and rather clumsy ("Dear Mr/Mrs/Ms Anonymous of 24-02-2014 17:54"), whereas using your real name or a pseudonym is more personal, more interesting and makes a more attractive conversation.
Be reminded that the task in DII is to advise the client how to build and use a patent portfolio to support his business and to advise the client how to deal with third party’s rights that may prevent him from doing his business. It is thus not sufficient to only use legal patent terms (prosecute, infringe, within scope): you need use real life words that a real life client can understand (you will have protection for R, so you can stop your competiror from making/selling/using/importing ... in FR; your competitor has protection for S, so you can be stopped from producing ... in CZ).

Where we give legal basis, this is for information only - legal basis is not required in the DII-part.

Click "Read more" to read our answer,

Roel & Pete
 

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

D2014: First impressions?

To all who sat the D-paper today:

What are your first impressions to this year's D-paper? Any general or specific comments?

Were the topics well balanced in the DI-part?
Were the DI Questions difficult?
Did you skip any DI-questions?
 
Were the legal issues in the DII-part well doable? Did any error on one of the legal issues not have a big knock-on effect on the rest of the paper (D2013 was very well designed in this respect!)?
 
How much time did you allocate for DI, how much for DII? Which part did you do first, DI or DII?
How many marks do you expect to have scored in the DI-part, in the DII-part, overall?
Was the D-paper more difficult than the first 5-hour D-paper, the D 2013? What is your expectation of the pass rate and the average score?
 
We posted our answers to the DI-questions in a separate blog "Our answer to the DI-part of D 2014" on Thursday Feb 27 around noon.
We posted our answer to the DII-part in a separate blog "Our answer to the DII-part of D 2014" at Feb 26, 17:19.
A copy of the D-paper (English version) is also available: D 2014

We look forward to your comments.
Please do not post your comments anonymously - it is allowed, but it makes responding more difficult and rather clumsy ("Dear Mr/Mrs/Ms Anonymous of 24-02-2014 17:54"), whereas using your real name or a pseudonym is more personal, more interesting and makes a more attractive conversation.
Please post your comments as to first impressions and general remarks to the D-paper as a whole, and to the two parts (DI and DII) as whole part to this blog.
Please post substantial questions to specific DI questions to the DI blog "Our answer to the DI-part of D 2014", and DII-related questions to the DII-blog "Our answer to the DII-part of D 2014". Thanks!

Roel, Pete, Jelle

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Good luck at the EQE!!!

We wish all EQE 2014 candidates good luck at the EQE the coming week.

Make sure to score 45 marks or more to get at least a compensable fail, but preferably 50 or more for each main exam paper you are sitting (and over 70 for the pre-exam)! However, passing some papers and failing others is also OK, and is actually quite common ;-) so you need not at all feel bad if you do not pass all of them in one go.

If you did not yet sit all papers, or (expect to) fail one or more this year, please feel invited to check out our Main Exam training program starting as from May with Advanced D Legal Training (in NL only) and with Methodology Courses for all papers as from September at course locations all across Europe, as well as Guided Exam courses in December/January and our correction paper program for all papers.

If, while doing paper D, you found out that your Basic Legal knowledge was not at the required level yet, we also offer an 8-day Basic Legal Training (in 3 blocks of 4, 2 and 2 days) at our course venue in Eindhoven (NL). This 8-day, 3-block course is scheduled twice: a first course group starting in late March (21/3-3/4, 2-3/6 and 8-9/9) to allow main exam 2015 candidates to complete the Basic Legal Course before enrolling in the main exam methodology courses, and a second course group starting in September (15-18/9, 3-4/11, 15-16/12) to allow pre-exam 2015 candidates to do a complete legal training starting only after summer.

The details of all courses can be found on our website under "IP Courses"

Dates and times EQE 2015-2017 have been announced

The Exam Secretariat announced the dates and times of the exam papers of EQE 2015, 2016 and 2017
EQE 2015: 23.02.2015 – 26.02.2015

EQE 2016: 29.02.2016 – 03.03.2016

EQE 2017: 06.03.2017 – 09.03.2017
The Pre-Exam is on Mondays, 13:00 – 17:00
The D-paper is on Tuesdays, 9:30 – 14:30
The A-papers are on Wednesday, 9:30 – 13:00
The B-papers are on Wednesdays, 14:30 – 17:30
The C-papers are on Thursdays, 9:30 – 14:30
Times indicated are Munich/ The Hague time. Helsinki and Bristol times are plus/minus one hour different.
Details can be found on the EQE webpages (http://www.epo.org/learning-events/eqe.html) and in particular the Notice of 21 February 2014 from the Examination Sevretariat.
Good luck with your preparation! See you in one or more of our courses!

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Known errors in Main Exam Questions For Paper D - August 2013 edition

Sorry it is quite late this year, but these are the most important errors that we have discovered in the Main Exam Questions for Paper D book since it was published in Aug. 2013. Please let us know if anything is not clear.

The known errors in the Basic Legal Questions for Pre-Exam and Paper D are here

Good luck!

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Correction paper program for paper D EQE2014 extended

The regular hand-in deadlines for our paper D correction paper program have all expired, but we are glad to announce that we accept further correction papers until about Feb 15.

Five exams are available for paper D: the D2009-D2012 papers, all adapted by us to match the current 5-hour single-paper D format, and the D2013. Upon registration for one or more correction papers, we provide our version of the respecvtive paper(s). We correct and give individual feedback to your answer. We also provide our own detailed marking sheets and model solutions to help identify areas of weakness, and to give an idea of -and improve- EQE readiness.

In view of the short time left until "Paper D-Day", we aim to provide our marking and feedback within 3 working days after receiving your answer paper.

Details are given via our webpage IP Courses --> Correction Papers and registration can be done via our Webshop --> Correction Papers D.

Good luck at the EQE!