Here are some lists of resources you might find useful, whether you’re a total newbie to the patent profession or preparing to sit Finals. If you’ve come across a book, website or course which you found particularly useful, let us know and we’ll add it here.
You may also like to read the Informals’ Handbook for Trainee Patent Attorneys 2016-17, which is available to download here. This is a fantastic guide, if we do say so ourselves! The handbook comprises introductions to CIPA, the Informals, IPReg, PEB and EPI, and the UK and European examination systems (and the key differences between them). It also provides lists of useful resources for day-to-day work and for examination preparation. We hope this guide will help trainees make sense of the profession and the qualification process, and to understand how the Informals and CIPA can help them. We also hope that trainers will find this handbook useful.
Resources for UK Exam Preparation and day-to-day UK work:
- Anyone taking UK Foundation or Advanced papers can find the Patent Examination Board (PEB) website here.
- If you’re taking P2, you might like to join Doug Ealey’s P2 Study Guide group on LinkedIn, which has information on when the new version of the study guide is released and allows students to discuss past paper questions with each other.
- The JDD Consultants run revision courses to help prepare for all UK papers – see here for more information.
- CIPA’s Patents Training Manual
- CIPA publications for the Advanced papers: Study Guide to the Patents Acts (Doug Ealey), How to Pass P6 (Nigel Frankland), How to Pass P3 (Iain Russell)
- The Manual of Patent Practice
Resources for EQE Preparation and day-to-day EP and PCT work:
- Information on the EQE including the compendium of past papers, enrolment dates and enrolment web portal can be found on the EPO website here.
- Sign-up for the EQE Coffee Break questions.
- Read the EQE Forum or ask Examiner’s questions about the EPC or past EQE papers.
- The Salted Patent blog can be accessed here.
- The Delta Patents team have a very useful and comprehensive blog here for the pre-exam and the main exams, including their answers to exam papers before the official answers are released.
- CEIPI run various courses to prepare students for the pre-exam and main EQEs.
- The JDD Consultants run revision courses to help prepare for all EQEs – see here for more information.
- The Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary University of London runs a two-part course for candidates who are preparing for the main exam (see here and here for the EQE 2017 course)
- The European Patent Institute (EPI) website has useful information on preparing for the EQEs, as well as the rules and regulations regarding enrolment for the exams.
- The Cross-Referenced Patent Cooperation Treaty book.
- The Delta Patents Main Exam Questions for Paper D book. There are also books available for Papers A to C, as well as for the Pre-Examination.
- The C-Book fourth edition, William Chandler and Hugo Meinders, which was reviewed in the 2014 July CIPA Journal
- Case Law of the Boards of Appeal
- An up-to-date copy of Visser (new editions are usually published in Nov/Dec each year) or Hoekstra
- EPC Guidelines
- EPO Rules relating to fees
- National Law relating to the EPC
- Ancillary Regulations to the EPC
- The PCT Applicant’s Guide (International and National phase)
Whether you’re new to the profession or have just passed some exams, check out the market rate for someone at your level:
- G2 Legal’s 2014 Salary Survey
- Sacco Mann 2013-14 Salary Survey
- Fellows & Associates 2014 Salary Survey
- Career Legal 2014 Salary Survey