Further to the decision dated 26 February 2009 concerning the electronic filing of documents[ 1 ], and having regard to Rule 2 EPC and Rule 89bis.1 and 2 PCT, the President of the European Patent Office has decided as follows:
Software to be used for electronic filing
(1) Electronic filings in accordance with Article 5 of the above-mentioned decision dated 26 February 2009 must be made using version 5.07 (build 22.214.171.124) or later releases of the EPO Online Filing software.
(2) Once this decision has entered into force, electronic filings using releases earlier than version 5.07 (build 126.96.36.199) will no longer be accepted by the Office's receiving server.
International (PCT) applications
Article 1(2) shall not apply to international (PCT) applications and other documents relating to international applications filed in electronic form with the European Patent Office under the PCT. Such applications and documents, including the demand under PCT Chapter II, which are prepared and filed using releases of the EPO Online Filing software earlier than version 5.07 (build 188.8.131.52) will be accepted by the Office's receiving server. International applications can also be prepared and filed using PCT-SAFE.
Previous decisions superseded
When this decision enters into force, the decision of the President of the European Patent Office dated 31 May 2012 concerning the EPO Online Filing software to be used for the electronic filing of documents (OJ EPO 2012, 448) shall cease to have effect.
Entry into force
This decision shall enter into force on 1 July 2015.
Done at Munich, 5 February 2015
Date retrieved: 02 November 2015