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Journey to qualification

In becoming an attorney, you will join a profession which is intellectually stimulating and allows you to build on your technical expertise. 

Journey to qualification

There are a number of qualifications needed to become a patent attorney. 

UK qualification

Qualification within the UK is achieved by obtaining the Certificate in Intellectual Property Law, Queen Mary College (QMW), University of London (or by passing the Patent Examination Board (PEB) patent certificate papers) followed by the UK (PEB) patent final diploma papers.

European qualification

To become European qualified you will pass all European Qualification Examinations (EQEs), having first completed the pre-EQE foundation course.

Full qualification

Full qualification is achieved by passing all EQEs and at least UK (PEB) exams FD1 and FD4 (formally P2 and P6).

Below is the path to qualification adopted by many of our Assistants. However, we are well known for our flexible approach to professional development. We work with you to ensure that the route you take is appropriate, and where necessary alternative time frames are put in place. After all, we understand life happens and it is important to account for this on your qualification journey.

Year 1
  • Join D Young & Co
  • QMW training
  • QMW examination
Year 2
  • UK qualification training begins
  • UK (PEB) exams FD1 and FD4 (with the option to sit FD2 and FD3)
Year 3
  • European qualification training begins
  • Pre EQE foundation course completed
Year 4
  • EQE examinations (A, B, C, D)

The result; qualification as Registered Patent Attorney (UK) and European Patent Attorney.


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