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

 
 
How to file
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You must file applications in written form, i.e. in electronic form, in person, by post or by fax.
You can file European patent applications in electronic form, online or on an electronic data carrier, using the software issued by the EPO (Online filing software; www.epo.org). On the EPO website you will find more information regarding the other online services provided by the EPO and their advantages, such as Online fee payment, Secure File Inspection, Publication Server, My Files and Mailbox.
OJ 2009, 182,
OJ 2012, 448
Special edition No. 3, OJ 2007, A.5,
National Law relating to the EPC, 15th edition  
You can also file European patent applications in electronic form with the competent national authorities of the contracting states which so permit. For applications filed online either with the EPO or with a competent national authority the filing fee is reduced. 
You cannot yet file European patent applications with the EPO by e-mail, telegram, telex or teletext.
OJ 2000, 458
OJ 2012, 486
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You can file by fax with the EPO, and with the competent national authorities of those contracting states which so permit, namely – at present – Austria (AT), Belgium (BE), Bulgaria (BG), Czech Republic (CZ), Denmark (DK), Finland (FI), France (FR), Germany (DE), Greece (GR), Iceland (IS), Ireland (IE), Liechtenstein (LI), Luxembourg (LU), Monaco (MC), Norway (NO), Poland (PL), Portugal (PT), San Marino (SM), Slovakia (SK), Slovenia (SI), Spain (ES), Sweden (SE), Switzerland (CH) and United Kingdom (GB). For further details, see the latest version of the brochure "National Law relating to the EPC". 
Special edition No. 3, OJ 2007, A.3
Guid. A-II, 1.2
National Law relating to the EPC  
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As the EPO uses an automatic scanner system to capture European patent applications for printing, you are urged to use a machine-readable typeface for your applications.
OJ 1993, 59