Three ABG IP patent paralegals obtain European Patent Administrator Certificate (EPAC)

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Recently the European Patent Office (EPO) has unveiled the results of the first examination in history to obtain the European Patent Administrator Certificate (EPAC). Among those who have passed the test are the head of the European / PCT Section of our Formalities department, Cecilia Ranilla, and the patent paralegals Isabel Rivera and Begoña Toledo.

According to the Office “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”.

Only 35% of the candidates passed the exam

The test, which was conducted in December 2022 at the European level, consisted of two parts: a multiple-choice exam with 15 questions and a second development part with five questions. According to the information provided by the EPO, in this first call only 55% of the candidates have passed the first part of the exam and, of those, only 60% have also passed the development part. That is, of the more than 600 people who signed up to take the test, only 35% have managed to pass it and, among them, three people belong to our team.

We are very proud of them!

Quality and excellence define who we are at ABG Intellectual Property, and our formalities department, like the rest of us, is entirely guided by these principles. The different tasks related to the filing, prosecuting, granting and maintenance of European patents are carried out with great meticulousness and we have measures to verify the correct adequacy of each procedure and promptly inform our customers. We have measures in place to ensure that each procedure is properly sized and that we notify our customers on time.

The obtaining of the EPAC by three of our professionals is just one more confirmation of the excellent work done by our professionals and that is, without a doubt, the main reason for the satisfaction of our clients.

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