Yes. Assistance in preparing for the UK Institute Final Examinations and the European Patent Attorney Qualifying Examinations is given in the form of in-house tutorials. Trainees may also attend external tutorials organised by e.g. the Chartered Institute of Patent Agents. Just prior to the European Qualifying Examination, we also usually send people to Strasbourg for a one week course on European Patent Law. Essentially this is a ‘crammer’ course for the legal paper of the European Qualifying Exam.
Our in-house tutorial programme is great preparation for sitting the qualifying exams. However, you will also need to be motivated to study in your own time. This will inevitably mean hitting the books at home in the lead-up to exams.
The best way to think about the exams is that they are like a driving test. They are not simply an academic exercise, but rather a test of whether you are safe to be “on the road”, representing and advising clients. Therefore, the exams test more than just knowledge – they test your skill in doing the job, and the only way to obtain the necessary skill is to do the job for a number of years. However, the exams are modular, which makes it a bit easier.