The EPO has announced that the first EPAC exam will be held by the end of this year.
Enrolment for the EPAC 2022 will open on 5 September 2022 and run until no later than 30 September 2022.
Candidates who have successfully enrolled for EPAC 2022 will be able to sit a mock exam under exam-style conditions on 21 November 2022.
The mock exam is optional and is intended to allow candidates who have enrolled for EPAC 2022 to test their equipment and familiarize themselves with the exam environment.
The EPAC 2022 examination will be held online on 12 December 2022 and will include two parts. The first part (1 hour) will consist of 15 multiple-choice questions. The second part (2 hour) will feature six (6) open questions.
The candidates that get eight or more questions correct, will be considered to have passed the first part. Only then, their second part will be marked by the EPAC Board. A candidate will be declared to have passed the examination if the sum of the points awarded for the first and second parts reaches at least 60% of the total points available.
The European patent administration certification (EPAC) has been designed to enable paralegals, patent administrators and formalities officers to demonstrate that they have the required knowledge and skills to deal independently and autonomously with the procedures associated with the filing, prosecution, grant and maintenance of European and international patent applications before the EPO, as well as post-grant procedures.
The examination focuses on procedural aspects under the European Patent Convention, the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) and the Paris Convention as well as national laws and other agreements in so far as they apply to European patents and patent applications, including the London Agreement.
Candidates must answer questions on the various patenting routes and application procedures and the procedural, administrative and formalities-related tasks involved.
The EPO and Deltapatents will be offering tailor-made training in dedicated courses.