European patent applications may be filed in writing, by delivery by hand, by postal services or by means of electronic communication (see A‑II, 1.2 and A-II, 1.3) at the EPO's filing offices in Munich, The Hague or Berlin. The EPO's sub-office in Vienna is not a filing office, nor is the Brussels Bureau.[Art. 75(1); Rule 35(1); Rule 2(1); ]
The opening hours of the filing offices of the EPO were published in the Notice from the EPO dated 14 February 2018, OJ EPO 2018, A18. Dates on which at least one of them is not open to receive documents are likewise announced at regular intervals in the Official Journal of the EPO (see also E‑VIII, 1.4). The filing offices of the EPO may remain open during public holidays observed in the contracting states in which they are located. Since mail is not delivered on these days (see also E‑VIII, 1.4), applications may be filed by delivery by hand or using other permitted means of filing (see A‑II, 1.2; A‑II, 1.3).
The EPO filing offices in Berlin and Munich (only the PschorrHöfe building, see the Decision of the President of the EPO dated 3 January 2017, OJ EPO 2017, A11) are equipped with automated mail-boxes, which may be used at any time. The automated mail-box facility is currently not available at the filing offices at Munich's Isar building and The Hague. Outside office hours documents may be handed in to the porter.
European patent applications (with the exception of divisional applications, see A‑IV, 1.3.1, and applications according to Art. 61(1)(b) EPC, see A‑IV, 2.5) may also be filed at the central industrial property office or other competent authority of a contracting state if the national law of that state so allows (see A‑II, 1.7).
Date retrieved: 30 December 2018
18 references found.Click X to load a reference inside the current page, click on the title to open in a new page.
EPC Implementing Rules
EPO Guidelines - A Formalities Examination
EPO Guidelines - C Procedureal Aspects of Substantive Examination
EPO Guidelines - E General Procedural Matters
EPO Guide for Applicants, part II Int. - B The EPO as a PCT receiving Office
Offical Journal of the EPO
XOJ EPO 2018, A18 - Notice from the European Patent Office dated 14 February 2018 concerning the availability of the EPO filing offices
XOJ EPO 2017, A11 - Decision of the President of the European Patent Office dated 3 January 2017 designating the EPO's filing offices