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Guide for applicants, Part 1: How to get a European patent

Request for grant
The request must be filed on a form prescribed by the EPO (EPO Form 1001). The request for grant form is generated by means of the EPO Online Filing software or the case management system (CMS).
The paper form, which can be also be submitted using the web-form filing tool, and the associated explanatory notes can be downloaded free of charge from the EPO website (www.epo.org).
You are strongly advised to read the notes carefully before completing the request form. By completing the form you meet all the mandatory requirements governing the information that the request for grant must contain. The request must be duly signed. It may be signed by your representative if you have appointed one. Where it is signed on behalf of a legal person, the position of the signatory within the legal entity must also be indicated.
One copy of the request itself must be filed; the receipt for documents (page 8 of the request for grant form) must be filed in triplicate, or in quadruplicate if filed with a national authority. If the application is filed electronically, no additional copies are necessary.