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

 
 
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The date of filing accorded to applications filed in electronic form (online) or sent by post or fax is the date on which the application documents are received at the EPO, provided the documents comply with the requirements of Article 80 and Rule 40 (see point 136).
The date of filing accorded to applications filed in person at the EPO is the date on which they are handed in or posted in one of the EPO's automated mailboxes.  
OJ 1992, 306
The above rules similarly apply to applications filed with the competent national authorities of the contracting states. 
OJ 2009, 182