The Patent Examination Board announced on 2 June 2020 that it is “the intention to offer the October 2020 qualifying examinations to candidates online. The proposed arrangements by the PEB have been sent to IPReg to consider and approve. PEB will inform candidates of the decision made by IPReg as soon as it has been notified”.
With the UK Covid-19 alert level at 4 in early June, it will not be safe or feasible for our June and July courses to be face-to-face. Instead, subject to tutors’ agreement, they will be held online using Zoom meetings, supported pre- and post-course by our Moodle resources and communication forum. We held our first Zoom meeting course, 20/P Introduction to FD4, on 28-29 May 2020.
As there will be no accommodation or meals element in the courses, we will adjust fees downwards accordingly. For example, the fees for a £750+vat 2-day course will be reduced to £550+vat and a 1.8 day course from £720+vat to £520+vat /£680+vat to £480+vat.
Whether we are able to hold our 24-28 August 2020 courses face-to-face will depend on how the Covid-10 situation develops in the UK in June and July.