Filing options

There are a number of options for filing European patent applications with the European Patent Office.

Online

European patent applications can be filed online using the EPO's free Online Filing software.

By post, fax or by hand

Applications for European patents can be filed by post, fax (excluding authorisations and priority documents) or by hand at the EPO's headquarters in Munich, its branch in The Hague and its Berlin sub-office.

Site and building address Postal address and fax number Opening hours
Munich
(Isar building)

Bob-van-Benthem-Platz 1
(formerly Erhardtstrasse 27)
80469 Munich
Germany
80298 Munich
Germany

Fax +49 (0)89 2399-4465
Mon-Thurs:
08.00 - 16.45 hrs
Fri:
08.00 - 15.30 hrs
Munich
(PschorrHöfe)

Bayerstrasse 34
(entrance via Zollstrasse 3)
80335 Munich
Germany
80298 Munich
Germany

Fax +49 (0)89 2399-4465
Mon-Thurs:
08.00 - 16.45 hrs
Fri:
08.00 - 15.30 hrs
The Hague

Patentlaan 2
2288 EE Rijswijk
Netherlands
Postbus 5818
2280 HV Rijswijk
Netherlands

Fax +31 (0)70 340-3016
Mon-Fri:
08.00 - 18.00 hrs
Berlin

Gitschiner Strasse 103
10969 Berlin
Germany
10958 Berlin
Germany

+49 (0)30 25901-840
 

Via automated mailbox

Automated mailboxes, which can be used at any time, are located in Munich (next to the EPO buildings in Kohlstrasse and Zollstrasse) and Berlin (next to the entrance to the EPO). There is no automated mailbox in The Hague, but documents may be handed in to the porter at any time outside office hours.

It is not possible to file European patent applications or any other document with the EPO by e-mail, telegram, telex or teletext.

Filing with the national patent offices

European patent applications can also be filed with the central industrial property offices of participating contracting states.

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