How to file
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You must file draft applications in written form and transmit them to the EPO, i.e. either in electronic form, in person, by post or by fax.
You can file If you choose to file your European patent application applications in electronic form, you can do thisso on an electronic data carrier or via online filing, or on an electronic data carrier, using the EPO onlineOnline filingFiling software, issued by the EPO (Online filing software; www.epo.org).which is availablecan be obtained from the EPO free of charge on the EPO website.(see www.epo.org).
OJ 2009, 182
OJ 2012, 448
OJ 2007, Special edition No. 3, A.3, A.5
OJ 2014, A97,
Alternatively, you may use the EPO new online filing (CMS) or the EPO web- form filing service, which are also provided free of charge onvia the EPO website (www.epo.org).
Additionally, you may file your European patent application using the EPO case management system (CMS) or the web-form filing (WFF) service provided free of charge on the EPO website.
OJ 2014, A97, A98
If the application is filed online at the EPO, One of the benefits of online filing is that the original quality of the documents is maintained. If it isyou filedfile on paper by post or especially by fax, the quality of the documents may be reduced. This may result in an invitation by which the applicant is requirfor youed, leading to a requirement for the applicant to file replacement documents of better quality.
For applications filed online either with the EPO or with a competent national authority (see point 107), the filing fee is reduced.
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, European Publication Server, My Files, Secure File Inspection and the Mailbox service.
National law relating to the EPC, 16th edition
You cannot yet file European patent applications with the EPO by e-mail or by any other means than those described above, telegram, telex or teletext.
OJ 2000, 458
OJ 2012, 486
OJ 2000, 458
OJ 2012, 486
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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.
OJ 2007, Special edition No. 3, A.3
National law relating to the EPC, 16th edition 
107 You can file by fax with the EPO, and with the competent national authorities of those contracting states which so permit. For further details, see the latest version of the brochure "National law relating to the EPC" on the EPO website (www.epo.org).
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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 (see point 71).
OJ 1993, 59

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