The results for the EQE 2022 have been released.

Adamson & Partners would like to extend its congratulations to all who passed the EQE and taken the final step towards becoming fully-qualified European Patent Attorneys.


What should newly-qualified European Patent Attorneys do next?

For many newly-qualified professionals, passing the EQE opens the door to the next stage of their careers. Many attorneys have spent their traineeships within the same practice or firm closely monitored by more senior staff members. Becoming fully-qualified allows an attorney to assess their current workplace and personal goals to see if their current practice is the right fit for their future career.

Becoming fully-qualified often means that an attorney will receive increased responsibilities and higher expectations from their firms. With higher targets and workload, and further involvement in business development for the practice, it is paramount that attorneys are positioned in the right place for their career.

Moving to another private practice is a viable option for attorneys, offering the opportunity to work in different areas of IP and with new clients. Working in private practice can help to add breadth to an attorney’s existing skillset or hone their talents for a particular area of IP.

Alternatively, attorneys can always opt to move in-house. Moving in-house can also be seen as a welcome change for attorneys, as many train in private practice and working in-house allows attorneys to cover a wider range of issues for a single client, the company. Furthermore, working in-house can enable attorneys to manage patent portfolios directly, be involved with the invention process, IP strategy, and proprietary assets.


About the EQE in 2022

The EQE (European Qualifying Examination) is the qualifying assessment for those who wish to become European Patent Attorneys. The examination determines whether a candidate has the necessary knowledge and application skills to represent patent applicants before the EPO.

The 2022 EQE examinations took place online, removing the limitations of where candidates could be tested. Exam invigilation was a blend of artificial intelligence (AI) and human proctoring, as well as audio and image recording.


Whether you’re actively looking for your next career step or just looking for guidance on your next career opportunity, Adamson & Partners would be delighted to help. We have extensive specialist experience in the Intellectual Property and Legal sectors and can connect you with the best clients from our network. Contact us today for a confidential discussion.

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Milli Bouri

Partner & Practice Head - M&A Transactions