Preparatory Course for EQE
ABG Intellectual Property organizes the “Preparatory Course for European Qualifying Examination”.
This course aims to prepare industry professionals, as well as staff from Universities and scientific and technological Institutions, who are interested in taking the European Qualifying Examination.
Passing this exam allows registration as a European Patent Attorney, which enables to act as a professional representative before the European Patent Office (EPO).
Candidates for this examination must have a scientific or technical degree, and have previous experience of at least two years working under the supervision of a European Patent Agent or a legal representative of the company who accredits the experience of the candidate.
The course is divided into five modules corresponding to each of the exams: Pre-exam,
- Paper A
- Paper B
- Paper C
- Paper D
It will take place in Madrid during the months of May, June and September to December.
It is required to have previously passed the Pre-exam to be able to take the rest of the exams (A-D).
The registration can be done for one or more modules. The language of the course will be held in Spanish.
Click here to see the full programme, speakers and costs.
Iain A. McGeochPatent Adviser
Iain joined ABG in 2014 and is responsible for the running of ABG’s Basque Country office in Bilbao. His practice focuses on patent drafting and prosecution, opinion work and patentability searches in different fields of the art, with particular emphasis on the area of chemistry and pharma. He is a qualified European Patent Attorney (EQE 2019).
Before joining ABG, Iain worked for three years in another IP firm in Bilbao. Science-wise, Iain carried out his research at pharma company Merck, where he worked on the chemical synthesis and SARs of antipsychotic agents, as well as at academia at the University of Oxford in the field of cancer drug discovery, specifically in the area of PRMT and N-acetylhexosaminidase inhibitors. Lastly, at the University of Glasgow, Iain was involved in the total synthesis of piperidine alkaloid (+)-α-conhydrine, and was awarded the Professor William Parker Memorial Medal for ranking top in his Chemistry degree.
Iain is a native speaker of Spanish and English, and is fluent in German.
Juan AriasManaging Partner
Juan founded ABG in 2003. He has more than 30 years of patent experience. His practice focuses on patent prosecution, including EPO oppositions, opinion work, including freedom to operate and validity opinions, and litigation support in the areas of organic chemistry and pharmaceuticals.
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