Candidates from the UK have always fared well in the European Patent Attorneys’ Qualifying Examination, and statistics recently published show that trend continued in 2015.
The success rate for UK candidates was nearly 58% (104/180). For the other two countries with the greatest number of European Patent Attorneys – Germany and France – the figures were 34% and 40% respectively. For other countries with more than 50 candidates the success rates were Netherlands 44%, Switzerland 30%, Sweden 25%, Italy 23% and Spain 19%.
These figures presumably reflect the rigorous training undertaken by most UK candidates for qualification as UK national patent attorneys, which stands them in good stead when also sitting the European examination.