Statement on EQE cancellation

Date published: 5 March 2020

The news of the cancellation of this year's European Qualifying Exams by the Supervisory Board of the EQE has come as a tremendous shock to candidates, their employers and to CIPA. Our student members invest a large part of their professional and personal lives in preparing to qualify as European Patent Attorneys and we share the sense of uncertainty, frustration and disappointment that they must be feeling this morning.

At this stage, CIPA has not received official confirmation of the cancellation. We will be communicating our concerns about the impact this decision will have on the UK profession to the Supervisory Board of the EQE. We will be asking that this decision be reversed and that all other options are considered. We will update members as soon as we know more.

Members are reminded that Law Care has a free, confidential helpline for anyone requiring support at this time. The number is 0800 279 6888. Visit www.lawcare.org.uk for more information.