After an international application has been filed other documents may be filed in any proceedings before the EPO online or direct, by post or by fax at the EPO filing offices. Since 1 November 2016, the ePCT service may also be used for filing subsequently filed documents online with the EPO. However, the filing of priority documents issued in paper form which have to be certified by the issuing authority should also be submitted to the EPO in that form to ensure the validity of the certification. For that reason, they may not be filed by fax or via the EPO new online filing – case management system (CMS). On the other hand, priority documents issued in electronic form are accepted only if they are digitally signed by the issuing authority and if that signature is also accepted by the EPO web-form filing service is excluded, as is. The filing of authorisations by fax and via the EPO web-form filing service. Priority documents filed subsequently via EPO Online Filing must be digitally signed by the issuing authority is excluded.
NoThere is no obligation to file a confirmation copy of a further document must be filed, but the receiving Office may require a confirmation copyone to be submitted (see point 71), which itand will do so in particular if the applicant has submitted substitute sheets under Rule 26 PCT and/or any sheets to be incorporated by reference under Rule 20.6 PCT. In these two cases the applicant is advised to submit a confirmation copy on his own initiative directly after sending the sheets concerned by fax.
Date retrieved: 24 November 2017
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EPO Guide for Applicants, part II Int.
EPO Guide for Applicants, part II Int. - B The EPO as a PCT receiving Office
EPO Guide for Applicants, part II Int. - D The EPO as an IPEA
PCT Implementing Rules
XR.26 PCT Checking by, and Correcting before, the Receiving Office of Certain Elements of the International Application
Offical Journal of the EPO
XOJ EPO 2016, A78 - Notice from the European Patent Office dated 23 September 2016 concerning the online filing of subsequently filed documents under the PCT, including the demand under PCT Chapter II
XOJ EPO 2015, A91 - Decision of the President of the European Patent Office dated 10 November 2015 concerning the electronic filing of documents
XOJ EPO 2015, A27 - Decision of the President of the European Patent Office dated 11 March 2015 concerning the filing of documents using the EPO case management system
XOJ EPO 2015, A26 - Decision of the President of the European Patent Office dated 5 February 2015 concerning the EPO Online Filing software to be used for the electronic filing of documents
XOJ EPO 2014, A98 - Decision of the President of the European Patent Office dated 10 September 2014 concerning the filing of documents using the EPO web-form filing service
XOJ EPO 2014, A71 - Notice from the European Patent Office dated 13 June 2014 concerning the online filing of the demand under PCT Chapter II