OJ EPO SE 4/2016, p33 - Decision of the President of the European Patent Office dated 12 July 2007 concerning the electronic signatures, data carriers and software to be used for the electronic filing of patent applications and other documents

Special edition No. 3, OJ EPO 2007, A.5

The President of the European Patent Office, having regard to Rule 2 EPC and Rule 89bis.1 and 2 PCT, has decided as follows:

Article 1

Electronic signatures

(1) The authenticity of documents filed electronically with the European Patent Office shall be confirmed by means of an enhanced electronic signature.

(2) The certificates of the electronic signature shall be required for the wrapping and enveloping of patent applications and other documents under Article 1 and Article 2(1) respectively of the decision dated 12 July 2007 concerning the electronic filing of patent applications and other documents.

(3) The European Patent Office shall accept certificates issued by the following certification authorities:

Article 2

Data carriers

European patent applications and international (PCT) applications and other documents shall be filed electronically on CD-R discs conforming to the ISO 9660 standard or on DVD-R or DVD+R discs.

Article 3

Original data formats

(1) Technical documents relating to a European or international patent application may be additionally attached to the application in the data format in which they were created, provided the files contain either plain ASCII text or they were created with one of the following word processing programs:

  • Microsoft Word 97 and later releases
  • Corel WordPerfect 6.1, 8 & 10 and later releases
  • Writer of OpenOffice 2.0 and later releases (including the corresponding StarOffice products)

(2) Any objects originating from other programs may be embedded into documents being generated by the word processing programs mentioned in paragraph 1 as long as they can be viewed without loss of the information being contained in these objects.

(3) Technical documents in a format other than those mentioned in paragraph 1 may be attached in that format only if the applicant informs the European Patent Office at the time of filing where it can within reason acquire the relevant software.

Article 4

Entry into force

This decision shall enter into force upon the entry into force of the revised text of the Convention in accordance with Article 8 of the Revision Act.

Done at Munich, 12 July 2007




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